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THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

OF THE 

SANCTUM REGNUM 

INTERPRETED BY THE 

TAROT TRUMPS 

TRANSLATED FROM THE MSS. OF 

6LIPHAZ l6vI 

AND EDITED BY 

W. WYNN WESTCOTT, M.B. 

MAGUS OF THE ROSICRUCIAN SOCIETY OF ENGLAND 



WITH EIGHT PLATES 



LONDON 
GEORGE REDWAY 

1896 



PROVO, UTAH 



PREFACE BY THE EDITOR 

This translation of a previously unpublished work 
by the late Alphonse Louis Constant, or, as he pre- 
ferred to call himself, Eliphaz Levi, is published with 
the consent of its possessor, Mr. Edward Maitland, 
the eminent coUaborateur of the late Dr. Anna 
Kingsford, to whom it was given by the Baron 
Spedalierij so well known as the friend, disciple, and 
literary heir of Eliphaz Levi. The original MSS., 
which is in the handwriting of Levi himself, is 
written upon pages interleaved with the text of a 
printed copy of a work by Trithemius of Spanheim, 
entitled De Septem Secundeis : the edition was 
published at Cologne, and is dated 1567. This work 
of the Abbot Trithemius is a very curious and 
interesting dissertation upon the ruling of the world 
by the seven great Archangels, to each of whom in 
succession is allotted a period of 354 years and 4 
months. The Archangels are referred to the Planets 



vi PREFACE 

of the ancients, and their successive periods of 
dominion are taken in the following order : — 



Orifiel 
Anael 


representing 


Saturn 
Venus 


Zachariel 

Raphael 

Samael 




Jupiter 
Mercury- 
Mars 


Gabriel 




Luna 


Michael 




Sol 



The first course of these rulers ended in Anno Mundi 
2480. The Noachian Deluge is placed at 1656, in 
the reign of Samael. The destruction of the Tower 
of Babel (see Tarot Trump, No. XVI., page 63) 
occurred in the Second reign of Orifiel; the life of 
Abraham in the Second reign of Zachariel ; the life 
of Moses in the Second reign of Raphael ; Pythagoras, 
Xerxes, and Alexander the Great in the Second 
Solar reign of Michael. 

The era of Jesus Christ comes in the Third reign 
of Orifiel. 

The Third reign of Anael began in 109, A.D. 
,, ,, Zachariel ,, 463 
,5 ,, Raphael ,, 817 

,, ,, Samael ,, 1171 

Gabriel „ 1525 

,, ,, Michael ,, 1879 

L6vi appears to have been deeply impressed with 



PRE FA CE vii 

this system of Rule by Archangels, and Edward 
Maitland, in his life of Dr. Anna Kingsford, refers 
to this volume with approval. 

Under the heading of *' Notes" the editor has 
given a short description of each Tarot Trump at 
the end of each chapter, and also a few notes on 
the mystical meanings assigned to the Tarots by 
Eliphaz Levi in his other works j some of the views 
of P. Christian are added. To facilitate reference 
to such information, a table is added here specifying 
the places to which the student can turn for further 
opinions and more detailed descriptions. 



Court de Gebelin. Le Monde premitif analyse. Paris. 
1773-82. Vohime 8, 

Etteilla or AUiette. Philosophie des hautes sciences. 
Amsterdam. 1785. 

Etteilla. Lecons theoriques et pratiques du livre du 
Thot. 1787. 

Tarots Egyptiennes ou Grand Etteilla. 1830. 

Etteila. Maniere de se recreer avec le jeu des Tarots. 

1783-5. 
Levi, Eliphaz. Nom de plume of Alphonse Louis 
Constant. 
Rituel de la Haute Magie. Paris. 1861. Pages 
344-356 give the several descriptions and mean- 
ings of the Tarot Trumps ; but the whole chapter 
entitled "Le livre d'Hermes," pages 332--384> is 



viii PREFACE 

concerned with the subject. These Trumps are also 
allotted to Lunar days at pages 265-269. 

Dogme de la Haute Magie. Paris. 1861. The tenth 
chapter has especial reference to the Tarot ; but 
the whole volume is divided into chapters which 
relate to the Trumps. 

Histoire de la Magie. i860. Refer to pages 46, 81, 
and 109. 

P. Christian. Histoire de la Magie. Paris. Special 
descriptions and occult meanings of the Tarot 
Trumps are given on pages 1 14-13 1. 

Papns. Le Tarot des Bohemiens. English translation 
by Morton. George Red way. 1896. 

Wirth, Oswald. Le livre de Thot. 

Waite, A. E. The Mysteries of Magic, a Digest of 
the Writings of Eliphaz Levi. London. George 
Red way. 1886. See pages 242-265. 

MacGregor Mathers, S. L. The Tarot, its Occult 
Significance. George Redway. 1888. 

Willshire, W. H. A Descriptive Catalogue of Playing 
and other Cards in the British Museum. 1876. 

Chatto, W. A. Facts and Speculations on the Origin 
and History of Playing Cards. 1848. 

The ordinary reader who has made no special 
study of the magical writings of Eliphaz L^vi, nor 
of the Kabalah, may consider that, however inter- 
esting the subject-matter of many of the following 
chapters, the connection between the Tarot Trumps 
and the details given under each heading is but 



PREFACE ix 

slight. It must be understood that there is in all 
cases a direct relation between card and subject; 
but the keys which connect them are missing by 
intention of the author, and yet are obtainable by 
study of Levi's other works. 

The twenty-two Tarot Trumps bear a relation to 
numbers and to letters; the true attributions are 
known, so far as is ascertainable, to but a few 
students, members of the Hermetic schools : the 
attributions given by L6vi in his Dogme and Bituel, 
by Christian, and by Papus are incorrect, presumably 
by design. The editor has seen a manuscript page 
of cypher about 150 years old which has a different 
attribution, and one which has been found by several 
occult students, well known to him, to satisfy all the 
conditions required by occult science. 

The eight coloured plates with which this volume 
is embellished are facsimile copies of Levi's own 
drawings ; they add greatly to the charm of the work, 
and are a credit to the publisher and to the artist 
who executed them. The design on the cover is the 
monogram drawn by L6vi to represent the "Com- 
pletion of the Great Work," see page 45. The Cross 
— four, multiplied by the triangle — three, gives 
twelve the complete number of a cycle : the Hebrew 
letter Tau represents the Universe. 



X PREFACE 

'^ The Mysteries of Magic, a Digest of the Writings 
of l^liphaz L6vi," by Mr. A. E, Waite, published by 
Mr. Red way in 1886, has had so large a circulation 
among English readers, that the editor anticipates 
a cordial reception for this little volume. 

London, February 1896. 



THE MAGICAL RITUAL OF THE 
SANCTUM REGNUM 



THE MAGICIAN -LE BATELEUR 

Listen to the words of Solomon which he spake to his 

son Rehoboam : " The fear of God is the beginning 

of wisdom, but the end of wisdom is the knowledge 

and love of Him who is the Source of all good, and 

the supreme Reason, whence all things do proceed." 

Adonai had passed an eternity in heaven, and then 

created Man ; so a time on earth is given to man to 

comprehend Adonai. In other words, the knowledge 

which man attains concerning the Supreme Being 

springs from the faculties which have been bestowed 

upon him at his creation, in order that he might in 

his turn formulate an image of the Being who has 

sent him into this world. 

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2 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

By Intelligence man conceives the ideal of God, 
and by Will he should turn to good works. But 
human will when without works is dead, or at any 
rate is only a vague desire : the same is true of a 
thought not expressed in language; it is not a word, 
but only a dream of the intelligence. An imagina- 
tion is not a realised thing, it is only a promised 
something, while an act is a reality. For the same 
reason there is no piety without prayer, and no re- 
ligion without worship. Words are the formal and 
social reality of ideals, and ceremonies are religion 
put into practice; there is no real faith unless it 
shows itself by actions prompted by faith. A for- 
mulated expression in words, confirmed by actions, 
demonstrates the two powers of a human soul. To 
work it is necessary to will, and to will it is necessary 
to formulate the desire. Actions imply ideas even if 
the ideals are not themselves translated into acts. 

Thought is the life of intelligence, words show the 
creative force of thought, while actions are the last 
effort of words, and the desirable complement of 
words. Words have been spoken, thought has been 
translated into action ; by the act of creating, speech 
has taken place. 

A word is the requisite formula of a thought, an 
act is an exhibition of will. This is why prayer is 



THE MAGICIAN 3 

a necessity, and may obtain all that it asks. A prayer 
is a perfected act of the will, it is a link connecting 
human words with the divine Will. All ceremonies 
consecrations, ablutions, and sacrifices are prayers 
in action, and are symbolic formulas; and they are 
the most potent prayers because they are transla- 
tions of word into action, showing will power and 
persistence, seeing that they require more con- 
strained attention than silent prayer, or prayer ex- 
pressed in words ; and so they constitute real work, 
and such work demands a man's whole energy. 

Notes. 

The First Tarot Trump is named Le Bateleur, 
and in English is spoken of as the Magician. L^vi 
remarks in one of his works that the arms and 
body of the figure bear a resemblance to the first 
letter, Aleph, of the Hebrew alphabet, in some 
packs of the oldest designs; but the student will 
do wisely to consult his intuition, if he have no 
adept instructor, as to the true attribution of this 
or either of the other trumps of the Tarot. 

The Magician stands by a table holding a magical 
wand in his left hand ; before him on the table are 
lying other implements suitable to his task, such 



4 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

as a dagger, cup, and pantacle. His face expresses 
assurance, and intelligence beams from his eyes. 

Levi elsewhere defines its occult meaning to be 
God, spirit, unity; and man as a reflection of God. 
P. Christian, in his Histoire de la Magie, says that 
this card represents, in the Divine world, the Abso- 
lute One; in the Intellectual world, Unity; and 
in the Physical world, Man; and that man should, 
like God, work without ceasing, for a state of willing 
nothing and doing nothing is hardly less fatal than 
evil doing. 



II 

THE PRIESTESS— LA PAPESSE 

Depth is equal to height, darkness is contrasted 
with light, matter is but the garment of the spirit. 
That which is below is like that which is above. 
The breath of God is borne along over the waters, 
and the waters remain aloft carried on by the breath 
of God. That which we call the Breath of God is 
the Life Essence spread over the worlds ; it is that 
warm luminous fluid which gives a soul to the 
planets ; the common reservoir of progressive animal 
life; the universal basis of the sympathies between 
bodies, and the medium of love between souls ; it is 
the vehicle of the will, and common basis for all the 
varied modifications of the Creative Word. The Breath 
of the mouth of God leads to the corresponding 
human breath. God said, " Let us make man,'* and 
man answers, " Let us make to ourselves a God.** 

When God made creation manifest as a temple. 
He illumined the planets as light-bearers. He decor- 
ated the earth with flowers as an altar. He gave 
mysterious properties to metals and plants, and He 



6 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

drew with His finger circles, triangles, and the 
cross, as eternal pantacles, traced in living fire upon 
the immense vault of the skies. The Magus should 
imitate his God upon this earth, his dwelling. 

Know, Will, and Act ; these are the three essen- 
tials for sacerdotal and royal high magic. Matter 
and form are instruments placed in the power of 
the Magus, his acts should be dependent on the 
Word, and so shall none of his deeds be lost, and 
his teachings shall be preserved. 

You then who desire to understand the mysteries 
of this Science and to perform marvels, consider and 
tremble lest you have as yet failed to attain to know- 
ledge and wisdom ; for if so, you stand on the brink 
of an abyss ; stop, ere it is too late. But if you have 
secured the Lamp and Wand of Initiation, if you are 
cognisant of the secrets of the Nine, if you never 
speak of God without the Light which proceeds from 
Him, if you have received the mystical baptism of the 
Four Elements, if you have prayed upon the Seven 
Mountains, if you know the mode of motion of the 
Double Sphynxed Chariot, if you have grasped the 
dogma of why Osiris was a black god, if you are free, 
if you are a king, if you are in truth a priest in the 
temple of Solomon — act without fear, and speak, for 
your words will be all-powerful in the spiritual king- 



THE PRIESTESS 7 

donij and the breath of God will follow the utterances 
of your mouth, and the powers of the heavens and of 
the earth will be obedient unto j^ou. 

Notes. 

The Second Tarot Trump represents a seated female 
figure, crowned with a tiara, and holding a book in her 
hands ; it is partly concealed by her mantle. She has 
a veil around her head, and some old cards show the 
horns of Isis upon her head-dress. Some authors who 
discredit the great age and Egyptian origin of the Tarot 
symbols have asserted that this card was intended to 
represent the fabulous Pope Joan. This character 
was said to be an Englishwoman of great learning, 
ability, and vice, who was chosen Pope in a.d. 855, 
succeeding Leo IV. Both Protestants and Roman 
Catholics have now rejected the story as a groundless 
fiction. L6vi, in his Dogme de la hmde Magie, throws 
out the suggestion that this trump represents the 
Greek Juno, and he assigns as its occult meanings — 
the house of God, and of man ; sanctuary, the Gnosis, 
the Kabalah, the dyad, woman and maternity. 

The Rosicrucians considered this card to be Isis, 
the Great Mother, Soul of Nature. P. Christian 
gives as its meaning — Occult Science awaiting the 
initiate at the door of the sanctuary. 



Ill 

THE EMPRESS— VIMPERATRICE 

You should before all other things study and under- 
stand the sacred laws of Nature. Discern the Father 
Spirit and Mother Spirit, and recognise the sex aspect 
of the two breaths, and the soul of their movements ; 
learn how the black female seeks the caresses of the 
white male, and why the white male does not disdain 
the dark woman. The white man is Day, or the 
Sun ; and the black woman refers to Night, and the 
Moon. It is necessary to know the names and powers 
of the twelve precious jewels which are included in 
the crown of gold referred to the Sun, and the names 
also which are allotted to the chief of the powers of 
the Moon. You will then require to be familiar with 
the keys of the Fifty Gates, the secret of the Thirty- 
two Paths, and the characters of the Seven Spirits. 

These Seven Spirits are, Michael of the Sun, Gabriel 
of the Moon, Samael of Mars, Raphael of Mercury, 
Zachariel of Jupiter, Anael of Venus, and Orifiel of 

8 



THE EMPRESS 9 

Saturn. These govern the world in successive order, 
and the completion of their seven ages of ruling 
power constitutes a Week of the Time of God. 

You must learn also the plants, colours, perfumes, 
and musical notes which correspond to the seven 
planetary powers ; and it is essential to retain those 
correspondences with the utmost exactitude. Thus 
when it is required to do perfect magical work, the 
procedure of each day is different in many par- 
ticulars. 

On Sunday you must wear a purple robe, a tiara, 
and golden bracelets ; you must arrange about the 
altar or tripod, garlands of laurel, heliotrope, or sun- 
flower ; you must use as a fumigating incense cinna- 
mon, frankincense, saffron, and red sandal- wood ; you 
require at your right hand a golden wand set with a 
ruby or a chrysolite; and your operations must be 
carried out between one hour past midnight up to 
eight in the morning, or between three in the after- 
noon and ten in the evening. 

On Monday you should wear a white robe with 
silver ornaments, with a collar of three rows con- 
sisting of pearls, crystals, and selenites ; a tiara 
yellow with the letters of Gabriel in silver. The 
proper perfumes are those of camphor, white sandal- 
wood, amber, and cucumber seeds ; the garlands for 



lo THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

the altar should be of armoise {query^ mugwort, 
artemisia), evening primrose, and yellow ranunculus. 
Avoid with care anything of black colour; use no 
cup or vessel of gold, silver only, or clear white china 
or pottery. The same hours as before mentioned for 
the Sun, but use rather the night hours. 

On Tuesday the colour of the robe should be fiery, 
or rusty, or of blood colour, with a girdle and 
bracelets of steel ; the wand should be of magnetised 
steel ; a sword may also be used and a consecrated 
dagger; garlands of absinth and rue; an amethyst 
and steel ring on the finger should also be worn. 

On Wednesday the robe should be green or of 
shot silk many tinted ; the necklet of pearls, or of 
glass beads containing mercury; the perfumes are 
benzoin, myrrh, and storax; the flowers for the 
garlands are the narcissus, lily, the annual or 
perennial mercurialis, fumitory, or marjoram; the 
precious stone is the agate. 

On Thursday the robe of scarlet, a lamen of tin 
upon the forehead, bearing the symbol of Jupiter and 
the three words Giazar of Fire, Bethor of Water, 
and Samgabiel, also fiery ; the perfumes for incense, 
ambergris, cardamon, grains of paradise, balm, mace, 
and saffron. The ring should contain an emerald or 
a sapphire; the garlands of oak, poplar, fig-tree, or 



THE EMPRESS ii 

pomegranate ; the wand of glass or resin. The robe 
should be made of wool or silk. 

On Friday the robe of azure blue, its decorations 
of green or rose colour, the wand of polished copper ; 
the perfumes are musk, civet, and amber ; crown of 
violets; garlands of roses interspersed with boughs 
of myrtle and olive; the ring ornamented by a 
turquoise. Lapis lazuli and beryl should decorate 
the crown or diadem. The operator should hold a fan 
formed of swan's feathers, and should wear around 
his loins a circlet, being a copper plate on which is 
engraved Anael, with its sigil, and on a circle sur- 
rounding these the words Ave Evah ; Vade Lilith. 

On Saturday the robe should be black, or dark 
brown, with appropriate designs embroidered in 
orange-coloured silk. Around the neck should be 
worn a chain and lamen formed of lead engraved 
with the name Saturn and his sigil, with the addi- 
tion of the words Almalec, Aphiel, and Zarahiel. 
The proper perfumes for the incense are scammony, 
aloes, sulphur, and asafoetida. The wand should 
be ornamented with an onyx stone, and the proper 
garlands are of ash, Cyprus, and black hellebore. 
Upon the onyx on the wand there should be en- 
graved with a consecrated tool, during the hours 
of Saturn, a figure of the double-faced Janus. 



12 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Notes. 

The Third Tarot Trump, the Empress, represents 
a seated female figure upon a throne, crowned with 
twelve stars, and holding in her left hand a sceptre 
surmounted by a diamond-shaped emblem, or a 
globe; she has wings, and by her right side is 
emblazoned on a shield the black eagle. This figure 
is the Greek Aphrodite-Urania, and corresponds to 
the figure in St. John's vision, clothed with the Sun, 
crowned with twelve stars, and having the Moon 
beneath her feet. 

L^vi gives in his Rituel its meanings as the Word, 
the ternary, plenitude, fecundity, nature. See also 
Waite, page 255. Christian, page 116, allots Isis to 
this trump. This is erroneous ; no examples of the 
Empress ever show horns, while several Priestess 
cards of the oldest types do show the horns of Isis 
upon her head. 



THE EMPEROR— VEMPEREUR 

The clothing of a Magician should be new, clean, and 
woven by a virgin; magical implements should be 
new, and consecrated by prayers and incense. 

The Magician needs to be abstinent, chaste, and 
devoted to the Work. His spirit and heart must be 
free from other claims upon them, and his will power 
devoted wholly, perseveringly, and with intelligent 
faith to the success of any great work, and to the 
results of his scientific occult performances. Magical 
operations should commence with Exorcisms of air, 
earth, and water, and end by Consecrations with fire. 

The Exorcism of Air is performed by breathing 
forth toward the four cardinal points, by the Word, 
and by repeating this invocation : — 

^'The Spirit of God brooded over the waters, and 

God breathed into L.'^an the breath of life. 

"The Spirit of God filled the universe; in it all 

things exist, and in it is the Word of Power. 

13 



14 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

''May the Word be in my spirit, and so may all 
things be subservient to me. 

*'Be ye exorcised then, ye beings of Air, in the 
Name of Him whose breath first filled all things 
with the Holy Spirit. Amen." 

The Prayer of the Sylphs should then be recited. 

[This will be found at length in Levi's Rituel de 
la haute Magie, p. 78, and in English in A. E. 
Waite's "Mysteries of Magic,'' p. 122, the only error 
being his heading, " Prayer for the Sylphs " ; it is 
the prayer of the Sylphs for a nearer relation to the 
divinity.] 

The Exorcism of Earth is performed by the sprink- 
ling of consecrated water, by the breath, by the 
Word, and by the burning of incense suitable to the 
day of the ceremony. Then recite the Prayer of the 
Gnomes. 

[See Levi, Rituel^ p. 84; and Waite, p. 125.] 

The Exorcism of Water is performed by the laying 
on of hands, by the breath, by the Word, and by 
sprinkling upon it consecrated salt mixed with a 
little of the ash taken from the censer, and duly con- 
secrated. The Water is to be sprinkled around by a 
brush composed of sprays of vervain, periwinkle, sage, 
mint, valerian, and basil; these are to be tied with 
a thread taken from a virgin's distaff, to a handle 



THE EMPEROR 15 

of the wood of a nut-tree which has not yet borne 
fruit. Upon this handle you must engrave, with the 
magical dagger, the characters of the Seven Spirits. 

The Salt is consecrated by reciting over it the 
following Latin prayer : — 

" In isto Sale sit sapientia, et ab omni corruptione 
servet mentes nostras et corpora nostra, per Chokmah, 
et in virtute Ruach Chokmael; recedant ab isto 
phantasmata hjldd ut sit Sal celestis, Sal terras et 
Terra salis, ut nutrietur bos triturans, et addat spei 
nostras cornua tauri volantis. Amen." 

Then this Latin prayer over the ashes from the 
censer : — 

'' Kevertatur cinis ad fontem aquarum viventium, 
et fiat terra fructificans et germinat arborem jucundi- 
tatis, et incensum suavitatis, per tria nomina Binah, 
Chokmah et Kether, in principio et in fine, per Alpha 
et Omega, qui sunt in Spiritu Azoth. Amen." 

While you sprinkle the mixed salt and ashes into 
the water, recite : — 

"EmittesSpiritumO Tiphereth, et creabuntur omnia 
nova in his ergo sit semen venturi sseculi. Amen." 

Exorcism of Water. 

** All powerful Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and 
Jacob, whose voice is heard in the great waters, who 



i6 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

didst cleave the waters of the Red Sea to make a 
passage for the children of Israel, and then didst 
cause the sea to swallow up the Egyptians who were 
pursuing them, Mi Kamoka Baalim Jehovah, thou 
whose altar, composed of the Twelve Jewels, is be- 
neath the waters of the sacred river, deign to bless 
this water and to banish from it all baneful influences, 
Shaddai, Shaddai, Shaddai (breathe three times over 
the water). By the great names, Araritha, Eloah va 
Daath, Elohim Tzabaoth and Elohim Gibur, may this 
water be consecrated for the service of those who are 
about to invoke the Divine Powers for the benefit of 
their souls. Amen." 

Then the Prayer of the Undines should be recited. 

[This is found in the Rituel^ P- Si, and in Waite, 
p. 123.] 

To perform the Exorcism of Fire, cast upon it salt, 
incense, and sulphur, while you pronounce the names 
of Anael, Michael, and Samael; the prayer of the 
Salamanders should then be recited. 

[This is to be found in the Biticel, p. S^, and in 
Waite, p. 124.] 

You must thoroughly understand that elemental 
beings are souls of an imperfect type, not yet raised 
in the scale up to human existence, and that they 
can only manifest power when called into action by 



THE EMPEROR 17 

the adept as auxiliaries to his will, by means of that 
universal astral fluid in which they live. The king- 
dom of the Gnomes is assigned to the North, the 
Salamanders to the South, the Sylphs to the East, 
and the Undines to the West. 

These Elemental beings are related to, and bear an 
influence over persons, according as they are of one or 
other of the four Temperaments. The Gnomes are 
related to the Melancholic type, Salamanders to the 
Sanguine, Undines to the Phlegmatic, and Sylphs to 
the Bilious Temperament. 

Their symbols are those of Taurus the Bull for 
Gnomes; Leo the Lion for Salamanders; the Eagle 
for Sylphs ; and the sign of Aquarius for Undines. 

Their Bulers are respectively Ghob, Djin, Paralda, 
and Nicsa. 

The combination of these four types of face and 
being represents the Created Universe, a complete 
and eternal entity, Man in fact, the Microcosm ; and 
this is the first formula of the mystical explanation 
of the enigma of the Sphynx. 

Notes. 

The Fourth Tarot Trump represents a crowned 
emperor reclining against a throne, holding a sceptre 
in his right hand ; the sceptre ends above in a lotus 

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1 8 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

flower. In modern tarots the throne is decorated 
with a black eagle. The older design showed the 
emperor's body as representing a right-angled 
triangle in general outline, and the legs are crossed, 
the whole suggesting the Athanor of the Alchemist. 
Levi, in his Rituel^ gives the following meanings 
to this card : The Porte, or government of the 
Orientals, initiation, power, the Tetragrammaton, 
quaternary, and the cubical stone. 

Christian considers that on the human plane this 
trump means the realisation of actions directed by 
the science of truth, the love of justice, the force 
of will, and organic work. 




THE PENTAGRAM. 
Senjj of thht/ Mixj^ooosmy. 



THE POPE, OR HIEROPHANT—LE PAPE 

To control the Will power and make it subservient 
to the law of Intelligence — this is the Great Work 
of our sacerdotal art. Ceremonies are made use 
of to educate the Will by means of the Imagina- 
tion. Ceremonies which are performed without 
intelligence and without faith, in the absence of 
the higher aspirations of the soul, are but super- 
stitious observances which tend to degrade those 
who take part in them. It is an error to attribute 
Magical Power to ceremonials, for Magical Power 
exists only in the trained Will of the operator. For 
this reason is the Magical Axiom true, that the 
Sanctum Eegnum — the Divine Kingdom — the King- 
dom of God — is within us. I.N.E..I., Intra nobis 
Regnum Del ; and hence also is it that great 
marvels can be shown by the Pentagram, which 
is the seal of the Microcosm ; for the Microcosm is 
the reflection of the Macrocosm ; the Microcosm 

is Man and his human Will ; he is the reflection of 

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20 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

the Universe, which is the Macrocosm. The Man 
whose Intelligence has received culture can by his 
Will Power, exerted through the Pentagram, con- 
trol and command the powers and beings of the 
Elements, and restrain evil elementaries from their 
perverse works. 

The Hexagram is the symbol of the Macrocosm ; 
it is often called the Seal of Solomon. It consists 
of two interlaced triangles; the erect triangle is of 
flame colour, the inverse triangle is coloured blue. 
In the centre space there may be drawn a Tau Cross 
and three Hebrew Yods, or a Crux ansata, or the 
Triple Tau of the Arch-masons. He who with 
Intelligence and Will is armed with this emblem has 
need of no other thing, he should be all potent, for 
this is the perfect sign of the Absolute. 

This is the Monogram of Hermetic Truth ; it 
expresses the subject of the Great Work. It is 
made up of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin letters, and 
the mode of expressing this ideal in the presence of 
un- initiates is by the word Azoth, or by the name 
Magnes : other Magi have applied to it the titles of 
the flying dragon of Medea, and the serpent of the 
mystical Eden. 




THE HEXAGRAM. 
Syrrihoh of the^ Mojorocxysrru. 




A ZOT H. 
MoTLogrcuru of Her^rrutuyThuthv. 



Se^ jP.xgcy W. 



THE POPE, OR HIEROPHANT 21 

This is the high and incommunicable Tetragram 
traced in a Kabalistic and Hermetic design. All 
initiates, even of the first grade, will at once under- 
stand its symbolism. 

This emblem is the monogram of the Universal 
Gnosis ; it is formed of Greek and Latin letters ; 
it expresses by symbols the secrets of the Wheel of 
Ezekiel, and the Book of St. John the Evangelist; 
it includes the sign of the Labarum of Constantino. 

This emblem naturally shows the word ROTA ; 
but viewed in the light of the Kalabah, the word 
TAROT. 

These Characters, with the Philosophic Cross, 
include all science in esse, and those who are initiates 
of the Grand Arcanum need no further symbols or 
emblems; nor do those adepts who know the true 
but concealed meanings and powers of the words 
JAKIN and BOAZ, which are related to the two 
Pillars at the Porch of the Temple, one of which was 
of white marble, and the other of black, while both 
were decorated with Brazen ornaments. By these 
Characters the spirits of evil nature are bound and 
held in control; by these also, if the operator be 
just and pure, he makes himself known to angels 



22 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

and may incline them to his aims. For indeed 
nothing can resist in magical arts the combined 
powers of the Pentagram, Hexagram, and Tetragram 
divine. 

All other signs, seals, and symbols are but 
arbitrary, and the keys of their meaning may be 
found in the Steganographia, or the Polygraphia of 
the Abbot Trithemius of Spanheim, or else in the 
magical treatises of Peter of Abano, of Paracelsus, 
of Arbatel, or of Cornelius Agrippa. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump numbered 5, named the Pope, 
Hierophant, or Jupiter, represents a crowned ruler 
bearing a tripled cross wand in his left hand : he is 
seated between two pillars. The meanings assigned 
by El. L6vi are — religion, philosophy, symbolism, 
law, instruction, and demonstration. The right hand 
of the Pope gives the sign of occult wisdom, and not 
the usual papal benediction. 

P. Christian decides that this card shows in the 
Divine World, Universal Law; in the Intellectual 
World, Religion; and in the Physical World, such 
inspiration as is communicated by the Astral fluidic 
force. 



VI 

THE LOVERS^UAMOUREUX 

Ever bear in mind that Equilibrium results only 
from the opposition of forces ; the active has no 
existence without the passive; light without dark- 
ness produces no form ; and affirmation can only 
triumph over negation. Love again gains accession 
of strength from hate, and that hell is the heated 
soil of silch plants as shall bear root in heaven. It 
should be known also that the great Fluidic Agent 
which is called the *' Soul of the World," and 
which is delineated with the horned head of the 
Cow of Isis to express animal fecundity, is a blind 
force. 

The power which the Magus wields is composed 
of two opposing forces, which unite in love and 
disjoin in discord; love associates contraries, while 
hate makes similars to be rivals and enemies ; hatred 
succeeds to love when by saturation the void has 

become filled, unless the full cannot become empty; 

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24 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

but the usual result is an equilibrated saturation, due 
to mutual repulsions. 

From these considerations can be deduced the 
existence and causes of sympathy and antipathy 
between persons, and so the means of becoming 
loved can be shown to those who are good as well 
as wise and discreet. 

Sexual love is a physical manifestation ; repugnance 
and pain may be forgotten by those who are under 
its sway. This is a form of inebriation arising from 
the attraction of two contrary fluids; and at the 
conjunction of the positive and negative poles there 
results an ecstasy and orgasm during which the loved 
one seems the brilliant phantom of a vision. 

When the conjunction has set up the state of 
equilibrium anew, attraction is succeeded by repul- 
sion ; and very often an exaggerated amour leads to 
an unjust share of disgust. 

All created beings participate either in the positive 
or negative attitude of the universal sympathetic 
fluid, and may help to maintain or re-establish a 
Sympathy ; but it is necessary to distrust knowledge 
while it is imperfect, and not to expose oneself in 
suggesting remedies to the risk of administering 
poisons. Enchantment by means of any object 
which has belonged to a beloved one is often a 



THE LOVERS 25 

magnetic operation leading to useless and yet 
dangerous results; it is better to establish new 
currents of force, to produce a void where satiety 
exists, for the surest means of regaining the affec- 
tion of man or woman is to bestow some signs of 
love on another. 

Consider the bodily and mental disorders which 
result from solitude and its accompanying fluidic 
congestions, due to want of equilibrium; — such are 
nervous maladies, hysteria, hypochondriasis, megrim, 
vapours, and insane delusions. It will be possible 
also to understand the ailments of maidens, and of 
women of an uncertain age, of widows and of celi- 
bates. Inspired by the natural law now under con- 
sideration, you may often predict the future course 
of a life, and may cure many such ailments, often 
by distracting the attention when unduly fixed, and 
so may the Magus become as great a physician as 
Paracelsus, or as renowned a Diviner as was Cor- 
nelius Agrippa. You will come to understand the 
diseases of the soul ; the fact that learned and chaste 
persons often hunger after the pleasures of vice will 
be noticed, and so will it be observed that men and 
women steeped in vices turn at times to the consola- 
tions of virtue; and thus you may predict, without 
striking a blow, the occurrence of strange conversions 



26 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

and of unexpected sins, and great astonishment will be 
shown at your facility in discerning the most carefully 
concealed secrets of the heart and home. Girls and 
women may be by such means of divination shown 
in dreams the forms of lover and husband; such 
confidantes are potent auxiliaries in magic arts; 
never abuse their position, never neglect their in- 
terests, for they are good gifts to the Magus. In 
order to possess an assured sway over the heads and 
hearts of women, it is essential to obtain the favour 
of both Gabriel the Angel of the Moon, and of Anael 
the Angel of Yenus. 

Certain female evil demons must be overcome and 
cast down ; foremost of these are : — 

Nah6mah, princess of the Succubi of the dreams of 
men. 

Lilith, queen of the Stryges, tempting to de- 
bauchery, and destroyer of maternal desire. 

Nah6mah presides also over illicit and sterile 
caresses. 

Lilith rejoices in strangling in their cradles chil- 
dren whose origin has been soiled by the touch of 
Nah^mah. 

The truly wise master of the Kabalah understands 
the concealed meaning of these names, and of such 
demoniac evil powers, which are also called the 



THE LOVERS 27 

material envelopes or cortices, or shells of the Tree 
of Life, soiled and blackened by the outer darkness ; 
they are as branches which are dead, having been 
torn off from the Tree, whence issue light, life, and 
love. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump numbered 6, which is named 
in French packs L'Amoureux, is commonly called in 
this country The Lovers. The design shows the 
Sun above, whence issues Cupid armed with a bow 
and arrow; below is a man standing between two 
women, who represent Virtue and Vice. The mean- 
ings assigned by El. Levi are — equilibrium, anta- 
gonism, union, interlacement, the conflict of two 
triads. 

P. Christian says : *^ In the Divine World this 
card teaches the knowledge of good and evil ; in the 
Intellectual World, the equilibrium of necessity and 
liberty ; and in the Physical World, the relation of 
cause and effect. 



YII 

THE CHARIOT OF HERMES— LE CHARIOT 

The Chariot of Hermes has attached to its car a 
white and also a black Sphynx ; each of these sym- 
bolic animals propounds an enigma to the neophyte. 
The word of the White Sphynx is Jachin. The word 
of the Black Sphynx is Boaz. The former word here 
signifies Love ; the latter word here signifies Power. 
Samael guides the White Sphynx, Anael guides the 
Black Sphynx ; because attraction is set up by con- 
traries. Hermes, seated in the Chariot, touches the 
Black Sphynx with the point of a sword of steel, but 
the White Sphynx with a sceptre of gold. 

It is after the type founded by the Thrice Great 
Hermes that the Magus learns how to use the Magical 
Wand and the Sword to control good and evil powers 
and beings. 

Evil beings fear the sword because their astral 

forms are subject to wounds and to being severed by 

such a weapon. White spirits obey the consecrated 

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THE CHARIOT OF HERMES 29 

magical wand because of its correspondence to the 
type of the Wand of the God-sent magician Moses. 



Formation and Consecration of a Magical Sword. 

The sword-blade of steel should be forged in the 
hour of Mars, and new smith's tools should be used. 
The pommel should be of silver, made hollow, and con- 
taining a little quicksilver ; the symbols of Mercury 
and Luna, with the monograms of Gabriel and Samael, 
should be engraved upon its surface. The hilt should be 
encased with tin, and should have the symbol of Jupiter 
and the monogram of Michael engraved upon it; see 
Cornelius Agrippa, De occulta PhzlosopJiia, liber iii., 
cap. 30. There should be a small triangular copper 
plate extending from the hilt up the blade of the 
sword a short distance on each side ; on these should 
be engraved the symbols of Venus and Mercury. 

The guard should end in two curved plates on each 
side ; on these, the words Gedulah, Netzach upon one 
side, and Geburah, Hod upon the other, should be 
engraved ; and in the middle between them engrave 
the Sephirotic name, Tiphereth. 

Upon the blade itself engrave upon one side Mal- 
kuth, and upon the other side the words Quis ut 
Deus, 



30 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

The Consecration of the Magical Sword must be 
performed on a Sunday during the Solar hour and 
under the invoked power of Michael. Drape the 
Altar, prepare the Tripod, and burn therein the wood 
of laurel and cypress, consecrate the fire, and then 
thrust the blade of the sword into it, saying, " Elohim 
Tzabaoth, by the power of the Tetragrammaton, in 
the name of Adonai and of Mikael, may this sword 
become a weapon of might to scatter the beings of 
the unseen world, may its use in war bring peace, 
may it be brilliant as Tiphereth, terrible as Geburah, 
and merciful as Chesed." Withdraw the sword from 
the fire, and quench it in a liquid composed of the 
blood of a reptile mixed with the sap to be obtained 
from a green laurel : then polish the blade with the 
ashes of vervain carefully burned. 

Formation and Consecration of the Magic Wand. 

Choose the wood of an almond or nut tree which 
has just flowered for the first time; the bough 
should be cut off at one blow by the magical sickle. 
It must be bored evenly from end to end without 
any crack or injury, and a magnetised steel needle 
of the same length must be introduced. One end 
must be closed by a clear transparent glass bead, and 



THE CHARIOT OF HERMES 



31 



the other end by a similar bead of resin : cover up these 
two ends with sachets of silk. Fit two rings near the 
middle of the wand, one of copper and one of zinc, 
and supply two portions of fine chain of the same 
metals ; roll them round the wand, and fix the ends 
into the wand close to the ends. Upon the wand 
should then be written the names of the Twelve Spirits 
of the Zodiacal Cycle; their sigils should also be added. 



Aries . 








Sarahiel 


Taurus 








Araziel 


Gemini 








Saraiel 


Cancer 








Phakiel 


Leo 








Seratiel 


Virgo . 








Schaltiel 


Libra . 








. Chadakiel 


Scorpio 








Sartziel 


Sagittarius 








Saritiel 


Capricornus 








. Semaqiel 


Aquarius 








Tzakmaqiel 


Pisces . 
1 1 /-^ 


■T~» 






. Vacabiel 



Upon the Copper Eing engrave in Hebrew letters 
from right to left the words " The Holy Jerusalem," 
H QDShH JEUShLIM ; and upon the Zinc Ring 
engrave in Hebrew letters from right to left the 
words ^^The King Solomon," H MLK ShLMH, 
Heh Melek Shelomoh. 

When the wand is complete, it must be conse- 
crated by invocations of spirits of the Four Elements 



32 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

and the Seven Planets by ceremonies lasting over the 
seven days of a week, using the special incense and 
prayers as already described for each day. 

The consecrated Wand, and indeed all magical 
implements, should be kept wrapped in silk, and 
never allowed in contact with any colour but black ; 
and it is well to keep them in a cedar or ebony box. 

With this Wand duly made and fully consecrated, 
the Magus can cure unknown diseases, he may en- 
chant a person, or cause him to fall asleep at will, 
can wield the forces of the elements and cause the 
oracles to speak. 

Notes. 

In this chapter L6vi describes the Tarot Trump 
No. 7, the Chariot; in his Rituel he assigns its 
meanings, as — Weapon, sword, sacred septenary, 
triumph, royalty, priesthood. 

In respect to this card P. Christian writes that 
in the Divine World it refers to the dominance of 
spirit over natural force ; in the Intellectual World, 
Priesthood and authority; in the Physical World, 
the submission of matter to the intelligence and 
will-power of man. 

This seventh key is figured in Levi's Rituel in a 
full-paged plate facing page 332. 



YIII 

JUSTICE— LA JUSTICE 

You must never forget that the priest is a king, and 
the wise man is a judge. There are in this world 
both the weak and the strong, the poor and the rich, 
there are both the ignorant and the learned. The 
former are ever the servitors of the latter ; but if the 
former do their works worthily they thereby become 
worthy of admission to the concourse of masters, 
while the useless servants are to be cast away. It 
is well, therefore, to teach men how to serve well, so 
that they may come forward into a place of power. 
All things upon this world, and all below the surface, 
belong to the domain of man. 

Created beings roar, groan, hiss, coo, and weave 
around man as a centre; man alone speaks to his 
fellows and to God ; and the voice of God upon earth 
is spoken through man. The science of life is written 
in the Book of Nature, but man alone can read it. 
The wise and powerful translate the words of this 

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34 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

book into creeds and symbols for the instruction of 
the feeble and ignorant. When you speak to such 
as are like children, speak as to children. Do not 
sell the secrets of wisdom, and do not divulge them 
to pander to curiosity. 

A man should form his opinions in freedom, and 
thus he may resemble the ideal of divinity. Cast 
not the pearls of mystic science before those of low 
and evil mind who have no knowledge, those whom 
the Testament calls swine. To such persons, whether 
you speak the truth, or veil the truth, there is but 
misunderstanding ; deception haunts them, they esti- 
mate all things by a faulty conscience. You may 
dazzle them by the glancing of the sword, but do not 
let them approach the wand or clavicule. If you 
wish to have no need to fear an evil person, make 
him fear you. B^emember the conduct of Moses 
before Pharaoh. Do not put faith in the benevo- 
lence of a priest of idols, nor in the sincerity of a 
pretender to wisdom, for these men will hate you 
as a destroyer of their livelihood and domination. 
Keep a steady watch against being placed in danger 
by accepting the caresses of a woman ; remember 
how Samson was decoyed by Delilah. Do not be 
familiar with any woman when alone with her, or 
in the dark; remember Orpheus and Eurydice. 



JUSTICE 35 

Make yourself beloved of women, that they be made 
happier; but never love any woman so much that 
you cannot be happy without her. As to the beings 
of the elements, the love which they have for a 
Magus immortalises them, whether Sylphs, Gnomes, 
Undines, or fiery Salamandrines, but the love of such 
beings by a Magus is insensate and may destroy him. 
Be ever intelligent and just to such elemental beings, 
and you will be rewarded with happiness because of 
your good actions. 

Notes. 

The Eighth Tarot Trump, named Justice, represents 
a seated female figure robed and crowned, holding a 
sword in the right hand and a pair of scales in the 
left hand. L6vi gives as its meaning the equilibrium 
of attraction and repulsion. P. Christian gives 
similar meanings, adding in the Physical World it 
refers to Human Justice, which is always fallible 
and tinctured with personal motives or personal 
emotions. 



IX 

THE HERMIT-UERMITE 

When the adept has provided himself with the 
Magical Sword and Wand, he yet needs a Magical 
Lamp whose beams will chase away all the phantoms 
of darkness. (The Lamp is figured at p. 103 of the 
Rituel of Eliphaz L6vi, but does not quite correspond 
to the description here given.) Four metals should 
enter into its composition : gold, silver, brass, iron. 
The foot of iron, the knot of brass, the reservoir of 
silver, and a golden triangle above this, and erect in 
the middle ; from each side springs an arm composed 
of three tubes of gold, silver, and brass, twisted 
together ; there are nine wick burners, three on 
each side arm, and three above the triangle over 
the reservoir; upon the iron foot is engraved an 
Hermetic triangle, with the symbols of Mercury 
above, Sol and Luna below ; around the rim of the 
semiglobular base is fixed a brazen serpent ; and above 

the globular part, between it and the brazen knot, 

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there should be an androgyne figure with male and 
female heads, whose arms are stretched over the 
globe. Engrave diverse forms on the brass knot; 
and upon the silver cup must be placed the Hexa- 
gram with the letters of the Tetragrammaton in its 
centre. Upon the golden triangle above engrave a 
God surrounded by rays, as a symbol of the fecundity 
of the infinite and eternal. On each side of the 
reservoir for oil, ^js. a ring, and hang chains to these 
rings — one of silver, one of iron ; by these chains the 
lamp may be suspended, or carried by the magician. 
The wicks for the burners should be of new linen 
threads, but dyed, the three on the right blue, the 
three on the left red, and the three middle wicks gold 
coloured. 

The Lamp should be lit from a consecrated fire, 
but the greatest effect arises when the Lamp burns 
without wicks and without oil ; lighted only by the 
Lux of the Universal Fluidic Agent, or by one of the 
material elementals of Water. 

The light of this Magical Lamp should work 
marvels, it should illuminate the consciences of men 
and women so that you may read them, and should 
enable you to recognise each type of spiritual being. 
The magician should not attempt any serious cere- 
monial until he has grasped the Wand, and illumined 



3S THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

the Lamp; just as in common life, if you want to 
walk safely in the dark, you must carry a candle and 
try the ground before you with a staff. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump numbered 9 is named the 
Hermit. It represents an aged man enveloped in a 
mantle leaning on a staff, and carrying a lantern. 
The allotted meanings are wisdom, goodness, and 
morality, according to Eliphaz Levi in his Rituel, 

P. Christian writes : "In the Divine World the 
meaning is absolute wisdom; in the Intellectual 
World, prudence; and in the Physical World, cir- 
cumspection, the proper guide of human actions.'* 

The Magical Lamp is figured by L6vi in his Rituel 
at p. 103. 




THE MAGICAL SWORD 




THE WHEEL OF EZEKIEL, 



X 



THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE-^LA ROUE DE 
FORTUNE 

The Wheel of Ezekiel is the type on which all the 
Pantacles of the Higher Magic are designed. 

When the adept is in the blessed possession of a full 
knowledge of the powers of the Seal of Solomon, and 
of the virtues of the Wheel of Ezekiel, which is indeed 
correspondent, in its entire symbolism^ with that of 
Pythagoras, he has sufficient experience to design talis- 
mans and pantacles for any special magical purpose. 

The Wheel of Ezekiel contains the solution of the 
problem of the quadrature of the circle, and demon- 
strates the correspondences between words and figures, 
letters and emblems; it exhibits the tetragram of 
characters analogous to that of the elements and 
elemental forms. It is a glyph of perpetual motion. 
The triple ternary is shown ; the central point is the 
first Unity; three circles are added, each with four 
attributions, and the dodekad is thus seen. The 
state of universal equilibrium is suggested by the 

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counterpoised emblems, and the pairs of symbols. 
The flying Eagle balances the man ; the roaring Lion 
counterpoises the laborious Bull. 

Kether, the Crown; Tiphereth, Beauty ; and Yesod, 
Foundation, form a central axis; while Wisdom, 
Chokmah, equilibrates with Understanding, Binah ; 
and the Severity of Justice, Geburah, makes a coun- 
terpoise with the Mercy of Justice, Chesed ; similar 
conceptions are the contests between Eros and 
Anteros, between Jacob and the Angel, Samael and 
Anael, Mars and Venus. The Philosophic Cross 
and the Greek monogram of Christos are comparable 
also to this magical wheel. 

In order that a consecrated talisman shall give 
real help to you, it must be well understood, and 
the correspondences realised ; for a pantacle is an 
ideal materialised, made visible, made portable, and 
may contain as much knowledge as a book. It is an 
image of some part of God and His works, it is as a 
card of the eternal kingdom. 

Consider well the aim to be accomplished, and the 
powers to be invoked ; select the symbols, emblems, 
and letters with the greatest care, seeking Chokmah 
and Binah from that spark of the Divine which over- 
shadows you, and then trace, mark, or engrave your 
chosen design upon a plate of gold, silver, or of 



THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE 41 

Corinth brass, or cut it on precious stones, or draw it 
upon virgin parchment. When the work has been 
skilfully and accurately finished, then submit it to 
consecration with prayers and invocations of the Four 
and of the Seven, using suitable perfumes in the 
incense ; after which wrap up the talisman in clean 
silk and place it in a cedar casket, and it will be 
effectual to carry it always about with you. 



Notes. 

The Tarot Trump marked 10 is named the Wheel 
of Fortune; the card shows a wheel supported on 
two upright beams. Hermanubis stands on one 
side, and Typhon on the other ; above is the Sphynx 
holding a sword in its Lion's jaws. Eliphaz L6vi 
alleges that Etteilla, who made a superficial study 
of the Tarot, is answerable for a more modern form 
of this card, in which the beings around the wheel 
are a man, a mouse, and a monkey. 

The meanings of this Trump are said to be paternity, 
virile force, manifestation, and principle. P. Christian 
remarks that on the Physical plane the card points out 
the varying changes of the so-called fate or fortune. 

This key is figured by Levi in his Clef des grands 
mysteres, page 117. 



XI 

FORTITUDE— STRENGTH— LA FORCE 

Listen now to the secret of strength. A constant 
dropping will wear away a stone, and in the end 
will perforate it. The aim to which you ever 
devote your will power will be at length attained ; 
you begin to succeed as soon as you begin to will 
success. Real will power is not a privilege in the 
hands of the multitude. To exercise true will power 
you must be free ; no one of the multitude is free ; 
to be free is to be the master of your life^ and over 
others. To learn how to will is to learn how to 
exercise dominion. But to be able to exert will 
power you must first know ; for will power applied 
to folly is madness, death, and hell. 

To mistake the means for the end is an ab- 
surdity. 

To mistake for the end that which is not even a 
means is the acme of absurdity. 

You are the master of all the events you can 

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FORTITUDE 43 

overcome. Things for which you have an imperious 
need are masters over you. 

Things you possess the right to desire, you have 
the power to obtain. 

You must be ever watchful in the exercise of 
your will, and be heedful that you do not fall into 
a position of dependence from want of exertion, 
from simple idleness. 

Men who are to contend together in a race must 
go through a long and severe training. 

Magical ceremonies may be regarded as a sort of 
gymnastic exercise of the will power, and for this 
reason all the great teachers of the world have re- 
commended them as proper and efficacious. In 
any religious sect only those who carry out the ex- 
ternal observances are reckoned as real supporters 
of the cause. 

The more one does, the more one can do in the 
future. 

To live a life guided by the caprice of the moment 
is to lead the life of an animal ; this may conceivably 
be a life of innocence, but it is a life of submission. 

Those who watch, those who fast, those who pray, 
those who refrain from pleasure, those who place 
body at the command of mind, can bring all the 
powers of nature into subjection to their purposes. 



44 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Such as these are the world's masters; such men 
alone do works which survive them. 

Never confound the slaves of superstition and fear 
with such masters of nature. 

To abstain from pleasant things through fear is 
to enslave the will ; such conduct tends to lower 
rather than to raise your position. 

To live like an anchorite, without the superstitious 
ignorance which leads him to such a course of life, 
this is wisdom indeed, and power is the reward. 

Notes. 

The Eleventh Tarot Trump represents an erect 
female figure, robed and crowned, closing with her 
naked hands the jaws of a furious lion, and yet 
showing complete ease and self-possession. Its 
meaning is persevering strength and indomitable 
energy. Christian considers that it typifies that 
Principle which underlies the exhibition of power, 
and then Moral Force, and lastly Physical Force. 



XII 

THE HANGED MAN—LE PENDU 

The number Twelve completes a cycle, and this 
highly mystical Trump represents' the Completion 
of the Great Work. This startling design might 
be also represented by a cross above a triangle 
within a Tau, that is, by four multiplied by three 
and enshrined in a Universe. 

The pack of Tarot Cards, otherwise the Book of 
Taro — which word is an anagram of Rota, a wheel 
or cycle — consists in truth of a magical, hieroglyphic 
and kabalistic alphabet, to which are added four 
decades, and four quaternions, which enshrine the 
mystic significance of the Wheel of Ezekiel. The 
true aim of the Great Work is to volatilise the fixed 
after having accomplished the fixation of the volatile. 

By a mystical rectification and a subsequent sub- 
limation is the Universal Medicine to be obtained, 
and so is also the art of the Transmutation of metals ; 
by which art indeed even the most gross and impure 

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substances may be at once changed into pure and 
living gold. But no one will succeed in this magical 
transmutation until he has learned to despise earthly 
riches, and is content with the holy poverty of the 
true adept. So, then, if any one attains to this 
sublime secret, he will treasure it with almost super- 
human care, and it will so never be divulged to 
any other human being; it must be self attained. 
The secret matter of the Philosopher is composed 
of volatilised Salt, of Mercury which has been fixed, 
and of purified Sulphur; this perfected Matter is 
the Azoth of the philosophers. The Salt is only to 
be volatilised by condensation from the Seven rays 
of Sol, which are the respective soul essences of the 
seven metals. The Mercury is fixed by saturation 
with the Solar essence. The Sulphur is purified by 
the heat of the Seven luminous rays. 

When a man is fully initiated he has a knowledge 
of all those processes, and he knows that he holds 
these secrets under the penalty of death. The Taro 
can preserve you from the danger of such punish- 
ment, by rendering you incapable of the commission 
of such a crime. Remember the histories of Prome- 
theus and of Tantalus. The former stole the sacred 
fire from heaven and transferred it to the earth. 
The latter violated the privacy of nature to seize 



THE HANGED MAN 47 

the secrets of divinity. Eemember also the fate of 
Ixion, who attempted to ravish the Queen of the Sky. 
Remember also the Cross and the Stake. Ponder 
over the long martyrdom of Raymond LuUy, the 
inconceivable sufferings of Paracelsus, the madness 
of William Postel, the wandering life and miserable 
end of Cornelius Agrippa. Love God, gain wisdom, 
and preserve unutterable silence. 

Notes. 

The Twelfth Tarot Trump, named the Hanged Man, 
is the most closely veiled of all Tarot hieroglyphics. 
Its real meaning is now known to but very few ; 
there is the gravest doubt whether L6vi knew it 
himself. Papus, who has produced a work on the 
Tarot, gives a clearly faulty explanation. Neither 
Etteilla nor Court de Gebelin grasped the hidden 
meaning. But its significance has in some cases 
been found by clairvoyant visions, and in a few by 
intuition. The key is held by such as know rightly 
to which Hebrew letter it belongs and the correspon- 
dences of that letter. 

The picture shows a man with his hands tied 
behind his back, and a rope is seen tied around his 
ankles, the other end being attached to a beam, so 



48 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

that when the card is held with its number at 
the top, the man appears to be hung up by his 
feet. L^vi in his Dogme gives the following state- 
ment : — 

'*This hanged man, then, is the Adept bound by 
his engagements, spiritualised, as is shown by his 
inverted position. He is Prometheus subjected to 
everlasting torture as a punishment for his glorious 
theft; or similarly he is Judas the traitor, and his 
sufferings threaten any one who should reveal the 
Great Arcanum. Lastly, to the Kabalist, this 
hanged man, who corresponds to his twelfth dogma, 
that of the Promised Messiah, is a protest against 
that Saviour whom the Christians worship, and they 
seem to be still saying to Jesus, * How canst thou 
save others, thou who couldst not save thyself ? ' " 



XIII 

DEATH— LA MORT 

An eflfort must now be made to learn the truth 

concerning the greatest and most consoling, yet 

also the most formidable of the Minor Arcana — 

concerning Death. Now, in truth, Death is but a 

phantom of your ignorance and fear. Death has 

no existence in the Sanctum Regnum of existence. 

A change, however awful, demonstrates movement, 

and movement is life ; those only who have attempted 

to check the disrobing of the spirit have tried to 

create a real death. We all are dying and being 

renewed every day, because every day our bodies 

have changed to some extent. Be troubled lest 

you soil and tear your bodily raiment, your coat of 

skin, but fear not to leave it aside when the time 

has come for a period of repose from the work of 

this world. 

Leave not your material garment for ever, until 

the time for your departure has come ; that is, destroy 

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not your own life, for it may be that you would 
awake to find yourself naked, chill, and ashamed : 
it may be too that such a corpse feels its own ne- 
cropsy. Do not attempt to preserve the bodies of 
the dead, let nature do her work at once ; let there 
be no worship of a dead body, for it represents but 
the ragged old clothes of a life. 

Do not grieve for the beloved dead, for they are 
even more alive than you. If you regret the loss of 
their affection and support, you may still love their 
memory, and waft messages to them, and perchance 
may receive an answer ; for by the aid of the Keys 
of Solomon the barriers of the thither world, the 
plane of disembodied beings, and even of the heaven, 
may be raised for a moment. 

Understand well that the life-current of the pro- 
gress of souls is regulated by a law of development, 
which carries the individual ever upward, and there 
is no tendency to a natural fall. Souls shall only 
fall who elect to descend and choose the evil rather 
than the good. The material plane on which you 
live is a prison to you, and if souls fall and come back 
to it, they become again imprisoned. 

If you desire to communicate with those who have 
passed on, you must. 

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for your fancied souls in heaven may be but phantoms 
of the air ; elementaries, shadows of humanity ener- 
gised by elemental beings; mere senseless astral 
forms, and of no more value than the mirage of 
dreams. 

Necromancy, and Goetia, which is Evil Magic, do 
produce such shells and demons, apparitions of deceit. 
If, however, you are an adept of the True White 
Higher school, you will at all times condemn and 
challenge the practice of such fatal science. 

The only possible mode of communion with souls 
of a higher sphere, who have passed beyond the 
terrestrial aura by reason of the change called Death, 
is by dream or ecstasy ; but on waking to common 
consciousness there will be no recollection present in 
the mind of what has passed, because, owing to the 
change of plane, each idea necessarily suffers a change 
of form — a recurrence of the dream, or a return to 
the ecstasy, recalls what has gone before. 

It is a curious fact that most persons fail to re- 
member anything of good and happy dreams, even 
although they do often recall dreams of sin and folly 
and absurdity ; the reason being that these latter 
are more closely, and good ideals are less closely, 
related to our very materially minded lives on 
earth. 



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Now if the purely minded adept and pupil of the 
Higher Magic does seriously aspire to communion 
with a soul on the plane above him, the true way 
is as follows. 

But again you must take warning that unless the 
aspirant is pure, and strong with health, and wise in 
procedure, there will be grave risk of disordering the 
mind, or of catalepsy, or even of death. 

Every puerile and commonplace thought must be 
banished from the mind, for if this be not done, and 
if a ceremony of such awful solemnity be entered 
upon lightly, frivolously, or from a vain curiosity, 
there will come a moment when the dread '^ King of 
Earth" will appear and punish. The mind and 
emotions must then be raised to a pitch of sublime 
exaltation proceeding from a pure and disinterested 
love. Bring to remembrance all the sweet sayings 
of the departed one, formulate her aims and good 
efforts, collect around you all that belonged to her 
and reminds you of her face, form, and personality. 
Observe the dates of her birth and death (and of 
any special events which have drawn you two to- 
gether) ; choose such a day. Prepare for this date by 
daily retiring to a quiet room, if possible where she 
has lived, or where she has been, and pass an hour 
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DEATH 53 

pondering over her words and ideas, conversing in 
imagination with her as listening to her conceived 
answers. When the day comes near you must for 
seven days, and should for even fourteen days, ab- 
stain rigorously from useless communications with 
other persons, from follies, from demonstrations of 
aiffection to all others, and from every form of physical 
and mental excess; take but one meal a day, and 
drink no stimulant nor narcotic liquids. 

When the fateful day has come, take a portrait of 
the beloved one, a sun picture is the best (photograph), 
or if a painting, it should be one executed with the 
greatest care and detail. With great care and delicacy 
prepare the room and the collected objects which have 
belonged to the deceased, make them all spotlessly 
clean, and give especial care to the portrait ; place it 
in a good position, and decorate the frame with the 
flowers she loved. During the day you should pass 
several hours in the chamber alone, seated in con- 
templation of the portrait and the ideas and re- 
miniscences of the dead friend. 

When the even has come you must bathe, and clothe 
yourself in clean linen, and put on a white mantle. 
Enter the sacred chamber, fasten the door and per- 
form the Conjuration of the Four Elements. Upon 
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54 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

aloes and incense. There must be no other light in 
the room. When the wood and incense have burned 
down and the fire is at the point of extinction, then 
in a deep and solemn voice call three times in 
succession upon the name of the beloved dead one. 
This you must do with all your force of heart and of 
spirit, with intense will power ; close the eyes, cover 
them with the hands, sink on your knees and pray. 

Then at last, after a solemn pause, call softly and 
with sweet voice the name of the loved one three 
times ; and open your eyes, and see . 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump, No. xiii., is named Death, and 
represents a human skeleton, armed with a scythe, 
mowing the grassy soil, upon which are seen human 
remains. To thi& Levi in his Rituel assigns the 
meanings dominion and power, rebirth, creation, and 
destruction. 

P. Christian writes : '* In the Divine World the 
meaning is constant change of form ; in the Intel- 
lectual World, the ascent of human spirit to divine 
spheres ; and in the Physical World, natural death 
following decay of the material envelope." 



XIV 

TEMPERANCE— LA TEMPERANCE 

If you desire long life and health avoid all excesses, 
carry nothing to extremes. Once more preserve the 
equilibrium ; you must neither abandon yourself to 
the benignities of Chesed, nor restrict yourself to 
the rigours of Geburah. 

So when you have passed beyond the mortal sphere 
by the allurements of ecstasy, return to yourself, 
seek repose and enjoy the pleasures which life sup- 
plies for the wise, but do not indulge too freely. 

If you feel fatigued by the tempting fascination 
of a prolonged fast, then take food and drink ; but if 
you have loss of appetite from generous diet, then 
fast by all means. If you are feeling the seductiveness 
of womankind, seek relief from women. 

You must learn to overcome all passions, and con- 
quer all tendencies to folly. But let there be no 
misunderstanding. To vanquish an enemy there must 
be no running away : true victory can only follow 

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meeting him face to face, joining in a struggle, and 
so showing your command over him. 

It is related of Paracelsus that he became in- 
toxicated daily, and sobered himself by violent 
exercise; thus he was found strong as a man with 
sangfroid, and yet possessing all the animation of 
alcoholic stimulation. 

You should repose for as long a period as is ex- 
pended in the preparations for and in the actual 
operations of magic; spend the hours of rest upon 
the bosom of Mother Nature, and in the chaste em- 
brace of Nature's sweet restorer, Sleep. 

Pass alternately from the triangle to the circle, 
and from the circle to the triangle. 

Temperate the wine with water, and rectify the 
water with wine. Wine is the emblem of Truth ; 
yet it is not well to pour out either, in pure form, to 
ordinary men and women ; some dilution with water 
is very desirable. Know that the Luminous Septenary 
has as its enemies, and as obstacles, but acting also 
in some ways as auxiliaries, a Dark Septenary of 
averse forces. 

If a man abuses the high forces of the Septenary 
of Powers, his errors form the Seven Capital Sins. 

Give but little wine to one who easily gets in- 
toxicated ; and, in like manner, give but little occult 



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instruction to those who make light of it, who abuse 
instead of use, and so change truth into error. 

Notes. 

The Fourteenth Tarot Trump, named Temperance, 
shows the Angel of Occult Wisdom and Power 
holding a goblet in each hand, and pouring from one 
into the other the two essences whose union form the 
Elixir of Life. 

L6vi in his Rituel assigns to this card the mean- ^ 

ings of the heaven of the Sun, temperatures, seasons, 
motions, and the chances and changes of life. 

P. Christian remarks that the figure represents 
the genius of the Sun ; in the Divine World, the 
perpetual alternations of life ; in the Intellectual 
World, the creation of ideas which constitute the 
moral life ; and in the Physical World, the combina- 
tions of natural forces. 



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SATAN-- THE DEVIL— LE DIABLE' 

y 

Come hither now' and let us consider without fear 
this great one, the bugbear of the Christian creed, 
this ghost of Ahriman, the monstrous androgynous 
sphynx of Mendes ; it is the synthesis of unbalanced 
forces — a Demon. 

The Devil is truly Blind Force. If you help the 
blind, you may be served by him ; if you let the 
blind lead, you are lost. 

Each element and every number has its demon, 
because each element and every number enshrines a 
force which ignorance may put to evil purposes. 
The same sword by which you defend your father, 
may also slay him. 

Know then that the demonic force of each entity 
must be conquered by knowledge and good purpose. 
Avoid darkness where demonic power prefers to 
manifest; fight it in broad daylight, and fearlessly. 

The Devil, one day, desiring to stop the progress of 

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an adept, broke one wheel of his chariot; but this 
true adept compelled the Devil to curl himself up 
on the wheel and act for the time as its tire, and so 
drove on, reaching his destination even sooner than 
he would have done if the Devil had let him alone. 

Meditate deeply on this old allegorical epigram, 
Aude et Tace, and when you have seized its occult 
sense, tell no other of your success. 

The symbolic representation of the Devil shows 
a multiple, disharmonious and anarchic sort of 
sphynx, typical of confusion and disorder. Note 
this maxim : — A devil is a magnetic current con- 
sisting of a concourse of blind and perverse wills. 

When certain superstitious mystics relegated in- 
telligence and reason to the Devil, they reversed the 
Absolute. That is to say, they chose as their God 
him who was truly the Devil, and they attributed 
the malice of Satan to the True God. 

There is no child with even ordinary sense who 
is not more learned than the Devil. 

The Devil is even of lower grade than the beings 
of the Elements. He is doubtless more powerful, but 
he is as blind as poor Samson became. But to enable 
the Devil to pull down the pillars of a temple, you 
would have to lead him to the pillars and say to him, 
There they are. 



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No true Magician ever made any attempt to evoke 
the Devil, for he knows where the Devil is always 
to be found ; but he may order the Devil to work — 
and the Devil obeys. 

In Black Magic, the Devil means the employment 
of the Grand Magical Agent for a wicked purpose by 
a perverted Will. 

Notes. 

The Fifteenth Tarot Trump is said by Levi to be 
the only one that Etteilla understood. This Etteilla 
was an illumine hairdresser who published a work 
on' the Tarot, making grave alterations of the de- 
signs collected by Court de Gebelin, a much more 
reliable authority. His true name was Alliette. 

The card shows an altar upon which stands a 
demon in human form, to which are added horns, 
long goat ears, and bat- like wings ; he holds a torch 
in his left hand ; two smaller demons, one male the 
other female, stand on the ground beside the altar. 
Some authors say the figure is that of Baphomet, the 
idol which the Knight Templars were said to worship. 

Christian alleges that this demon represents the 
Typhon of Egypt, the genius of misfortune ; and as 
related to the three worlds it refers to Predestination, 
Mystery, and Fatality. 



XVI 

THE TOWER— LA MAISON DE DIEU 

Do you know why the Fiery Sword of Samael is 
stretched over the Garden of Delight, which was 
the cradle of our race ? 

Do you know why the Deluge was ordered to 
efface from the earth every vestige of the race of 
the giants ? 

Do you know why the Temple of Solomon was 
destroyed ? 

These events have been necessary because the 
Great Arcanum of the Knowledge of Good and of 
Evil has been revealed. 

Angels have fallen because they have attempted to 
divulge this Great Secret. It is the secret of Life, 
and when its first word is betrayed, that word be- 
comes fatal. If the Devil himself were to utter that 
Word, he would die. 

This Word will destroy each one who speaks it, 
and every one who hears it spoken. If it were 

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spoken aloud in the hearing of the people of a town, 
that town would be given over to Anathema. If 
that Word were to be whispered beneath the dome 
of a Temple, then within three days the Temple 
doors would fiy open, a Voice would utter a cry, 
the divine indweller would depart, and the building 
would fall in ruins. No refuge could be found for 
one who revealed it ; if he mounted to the topmost 
part of a tower the lightning-flash would strike him, 
if he tried to hide himself in the caverns of the earth, 
a torrent would whirl him away ; if he sought refuge 
in the house of a friend he would be betrayed ; if in 
the arms of the wife of his bosom, she would desert 
him in affright. 

In his passion of despair he would renounce his 
science and knowledge, and, condemning himself to 
the same blindness as did (Edipus, would shriek out 
— *'I have profaned the bed of my mother." 

Happy is the man who solves the Enigma of the 
Sphynx, but wretched is he who retails the answer 
to another. 

He who has solved the secret and guards its secrecy 
is as the " King of Earth " ; he disdains mere riches, 
is inaccessible to any suffering or fear from destiny, 
he could await with a smile the crash of worlds. 
This secret is, moreover, profaned and falsified by its 



THE TOWER 63 

mere revelation, and never yet has a just or true 
idea come from its betrayal. Those who possess it 
have found it. Those v^ho pronounce it for others to 
hear have lost it — already. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump numbered 16, and called Le 
Maison de Dieu upon cards made on the Continent, 
is commonly known in this country as the Tower of 
Babel. It represents a tower struck by lightning; 
two men are seen falling headlong ; these are said to 
be intended for Mmrod and his chief minister. 

L^vi assigns several meanings to this card ; weak- 
ness, changes, subversions, and the heaven of Luna. 

Christian explains this card as meaning the punish- 
ment of pride, the ruin of such as impiously attempt 
to penetrate the secrets of divinity, and on the 
human plane, the occasional reverses of fortune. 



XVII 

THE STAR—UETOILE 

You must become thoroughly acquainted with the 
planets and also with the fixed stars. When their 
names are mastered, their influences must be learned ; 
you must discover the particular hours and in what 
sign the Psyche of the World pours forth from her 
two goblets the waters of life like two rivers. 

Learn both day and night hours, in order that you 
may select such as are most suitable for the work you 
wish to perform. 

The midnight hour is marked by the special ten- 
dency toward the appearance of phantoms. The 
first and second hours, which follow, are solemn and 
sad for those who are ill or are sleepless. During the 
third hour the sufferer from insomnia falls asleep; 
the fourth, fifth, and sixth are calm, and lead to a 
healthy repose in sleep. 

The seventh and eighth hours of morning are of a 

voluptuous nature ; the ninth, tenth, and eleventh are 

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very suitable for works of friendship; the mid-day 
hour is a time of heedlessness and languor in summer, 
and of a sense of well-being in winter. 

You should find your own particular Planet in the 
sky j your intuition should guide you in discovering it ; 
and when found you should salute it with reverence 
every night that you see it shining down upon you. 
The genius of this star must be invoked in your con- 
jurations, and the allotted name of the star may 
be worked out by means of the learned tables and 
Kabalistic permutations designed by Trithemius and 
Agrippa. 

You should then make a talisman of sympathy to 
connect the planetary forces with yourself ; make it 
of the metal of the planet which presided at your 
birth (the lord of the ascendant of your natus) ; 
engrave upon this plate of metal the sign of the 
Microcosm with the numbers of your name, the 
numbers related to the planet or star, and the name 
of the genius. 

When you are seeking divine inspiration gaze at 
your star, holding the talisman with your left hand 
pressing it against your heart ; if it be daytime, or 
the star be invisible, gaze upon the talisman itself, 
and recite the name of the genius or spirit of the 
star, three times. 

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When you see the star become brilliant and glitter 
in response to your aspiration, be of good hope for 
success ; but should it be seen to pale at your glance, 
then be very prudent and take the greatest care of 
yourself. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump numbered 17 is called the 
Star. It represents an entirely nude female figure 
kneeling on land and sea, and pouring a liquid out 
of a vase in each hand ; the streams form a river 
at her feet. Above is a star of eight rays, and 
seven smaller stars surround it. There is a bushy 
tree growing at her right side, and upon it the bird 
of Hermes has alighted. 

The meanings given to this Tarot Trump by Levi 
are : Immortality, thought, the influence of idea upon 
form, the heaven of the soul. 

Christian gives as its meanings : Immortality, 
the internal illumination which guides men to choose 
the better path, and hope. He says the figure is 
represented nude to point out that even when man 
is robbed of all his possessions, he may still retain 
hope. 



XVIIT 

THE MOON— LA LUNB 

The Moon exercises a very considerable amount of 
influence upon the magnetic fluid of the earth, as is 
shown by the ebb and flow of the waters of the seas ; 
you should then examine carefully the effects of the 
influences of the Moon in her several phases, and 
take note of the days and hours of the Moon's course. 
The quarter of the New Moon is favourable for the 
commencement of all magical enterprises; the first 
quarter gives an influence of heat, the full moon 
an influence of dryness, and the last quarter a cold 
influence. 

These are the special characters of the days of 
the Moon, distinguished by the twenty-two Tarot 
Keys and the signs of the Seven Planets. 

I. The Juggler, or the Magus. The first day of 
the Lunar course: the Moon was created, 

says Rabbi Moses, on the fourth day. 

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II. The Gnosis, or La Papesse. The second day, 
whose genius is named Enodiel, the fish 
and birds were created ; it is propitious for 
the works of occult science. 

III. The Mother, or Empress. The third day saw 

the creation of humanity. The Kabalists 
often call the Moon by the name Mother, 
and allot the number three to her : this 
day is propitious for generation. 

IV. The Despot, or Emperor. The fourth day 

is baneful, for on this day Cain was born ; 
but it is a powerful day for unjust and 
tyrannical acts. 
V. The Pope, or Priest. The fifth is a day of 
happiness ; it was the birthday of Abel. 
YI. The Lovers, or the Struggle. Birth of 
Lamech, a day marked by contest and 
anger; suitable for conspirators and for 
revolt. 
YII. The Chariot. Birth of Hebron ; a day very 

propitious for religious ceremonial. 
VIII. Justice. Death of Abel ; the day of expi- 
ation. 
IX. The Hermit. Birth of Methuselah ; a day 
of joy for children. 
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THE MOON 69 

chadnezzar; a day for conjurations of 
plagues ; a baneful day : reign of brute 
force. 
XI. Strength. Birth of Noah. The visions of 
the day are deceitful ; but children born 
this day are healthy and long lived. 
XII. The Hanged Man, the Tau. Birth of 
Samael ; a day favourable for Kabalah 
and prophecy, and for the accomplish- 
ment of the Great Work. 

XIII. Death. Birth of Canaan, the cursed son of 

Ham ; an evil day and an evil number. 

XIV. Temperance. Benediction of Noah. On 

this day Cassiel of the hierarchy of 
Auriel presides. 
XY. The Devil, or Typhon. Birth of Ishmael ; 

a day of reproof and exile. 
XVI. The Tower. Birth of Esau and Jacob ; 
the latter is predestined to ruin Esau. 
XVII. The Star. The Ruin of Sodom and 
Gomorrah; this day is under the rule 
of Scorpio. Health for the good, ruin 
for evil persons; dangerous when it 
falls on a Saturday. 
XVIII. The Moon. Birth of Isaac ; a day of good 
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XIX. The Sun. Birth of Pharaoh ; a day of 
danger. 
XX. The Judgment. Birth of Judah ; a day 

propitious for divine revelations. 
XXI. The World or the Sphynx. Birth of 
Saul; a day for physical force and 
material prosperity. 
XXII. Saturn. The birth of Job. 

XXIII. Venus. The birth of Benjamin. 

XXIV. Jupiter. The birth of Japhet. 
XXV. Mercury. The Tenth plague of Egypt. 

XXVI. Mars. The passage of the Red Sea by 
the Israelites. 
XXVII. Luna. The victory of Judas Maccabeus. 
XXVIII. Sol. Samson carries off the gates of 
Gaza. 
XXIX. The Tarot Trump called Le Fou, the 
unwise man ; a day of abortion. 

Notes. 

The Tarot Trump, No. xviii., represents the Moon 
in the sky letting fall drops of dew; below is the 
land on which stand two towers, and between them 
are a dog and a wolf ; in the foreground is water in 
which a crayfish is swimming. 



THE MOON -]! 

The occult meanings ascribed to this trump by 
L^vi are : The elements, the visible world, reflected 
light and symbolism. 

Christian says that the meanings are the abyss of 
the infinite \ the shadow which enshrouds the human 
ego when it accepts the rule of the instincts un- 
checked by spiritual aims ; and on the lowest plane, 
the assaults of hidden enemies. 



XIX 

THE SUN—LE SOLE I L 

The Sun is the centre and source of all high Magical 

force, and this force nourishes and renews without 

pause that latent Light which is the grand agent 

manifested in magnetism and vital energy. 

The Sun is the central and yet universal magnet of 

the stars. It has two poles, one possessing attractive 

force and the other repulsive force ; it is alone by the 

balance of these two energies that it maintains cosmic 

equilibrium and universal motion. The Sun it is 

which bestows radiance upon the planets and meteors, 

it is of the principle of Fire, and in this world it is 

the source of the phosphorescence of the sea and even 

of the scintillation of the glow-worm. It is the heat 

of the Sun which constitutes the stimulant essence of 

the generous wine from the fruit of the grape, and 

which brings to perfection the luscious sweetness of 

all fruits. It is the Sun which awakens the dormant 

energies of all beings in spring time, and which 

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prompts to the enjoyment of all the sweet mysteries 
of sexual love. It is the Sun's force which courses in 
our veins and palpitates in our hearts, and it is the 
light of the Sun which empurples our blood and 
makes it resemble the purple redness of wine. The 
Sun is the sanctuary of spiritual beings who have 
been loosed from the ties of earth life, and there is 
the blazing tabernacle in which resides the Soul of 
the Messiah. You place your altars where the Sun's 
rays fall upon them, and renew the sacred fire upon 
them from its rays. When you consecrate a talisman 
or pantacle you open up a path along which a solar 
ray may pass thence into it during the ceremonial. 

When the adept seeks to heal the sick or relieve 
any pain he raises his hands towards the Light and 
Heat of the Sun, and then lowering them he touches 
the sick man, saying, "Be thou healed if thou hast 
faith and will." The perfumed flowers and leaves to 
be used as, incense should be dried in the Sun's rays, 
notwithstanding the fact that flowers and leaves 
gathered in darkness have more potency than those 
plucked by daylight; because plants exhale their aroma 
in sunlight, and close up their pores to preserve it 
during the absence of the creating rays. Gold is the 
special metal of Sol, and it tends to augment the solar 
force in all with which it is brought into contact. 



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A golden lamen applied to the forehead renders 
the mind more open to and receptive of divine 
influences. 

A golden talisman worn on the breast over the 
heart increases the force of emotions which are good 
and benevolent, while it tends to banish impure 
passions. 

Notes. 

The Nineteenth Trump represents the Sun shining 
above in the heavens and casting its rays upon two 
children, who stand holding each other's hands; a 
wall of masonry is seen behind them. In some 
old cards this wall is garlanded with flowers. 

The meanings given elsewhere by L6vi are : The 
Prince of the heavens, the summit, the head : he 
remarks that some examples of this card show a 
child mounted on a white horse and waving a scarlet 
banner. Christian believes that this Trump repre- 
sents the passage from earth life to that of the 
unknown future. 



XX 

THE LAST JUDGMENT— LE JUGEMENT 

These are the Privileges and the Powers of a Magus ; 
and first are recited the Seven Grand Privileges : — 

Aleph. I. He sees God and is able to commune 
with the Seven Genii around the throne. 

Beth. 2. He is above the influence of all pains 
and fears. 

Ghimel. 3. He has authority over High Spiritual 
Powers, and can command Infernal forces. 

Daleth. 4. He is the master over his own life, and 
can influence the lives of other men. 

Heh. 5. He can never be taken unawares, nor 
weakened, nor overcome. 

Yau. 6. He understands the reasons for the Present, 
the Past, and the Future. 

Zain. 7. He holds the secret of what is meant by 
the Resurrection from the dead. 

The Seven Major Powers are : — 

Cheth. I. The power of making the Philosopher's 

Stone. 

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76 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Teth. 2. The possession of the Universal Medicine. 

Yod. 3. The knowledge of the mode of Perpetual 
Motion, and of the Quadrature of the Circle. 

Kaph. 4. The power of changing any base matter 
into gold. 

Lamed. 5. The ability to coerce wild beasts, and to 
charm serpents. 

Mem. 6. To possess the Notorial Art and to have 
universal knowledge. 

Ifun. 7. The power of discoursing with knowledge 
and learning upon any subject, even without previous 
study. 

The Seven Minor Powers are : — 

Samech. i. To know in a moment the hidden 
thoughts of any man or woman. 

Ayin. 2. To compel any one to act with sincerity. 

Peh. 3. To foresee any future events which do not 
depend upon the will of a superior being. 

Tzaddi. 4. To give instantly wise counsel and 
acceptable consolation. 

Qoph. 5. To be always calm and content in the 
most grievous adversity. 

Resh. 6. Never to feel love or hatred unless it is 
designed. 

Shin. 7. To possess the secret of constant wealth, 
and never to fall into destitution or misery. 



THE LAST JUDGMENT 77 

These Privileges are the final degree of Human 
Perfectibility; these are open to attainment by the 
elect, by those who can dare, by those who would 
never abuse them, and who know when to be silent. 

Tau. In conclusion, Magi can control the elemental 
forces, calm tempests, heal the sick, and raise the dead. 
But these things are sealed with the triple Seal of 
Solomon : initiates know of them, this is sufficient ; as 
to other persons, whether they deride you, or whether 
they are overcome with fear at your audacity, what 
matters it to you ? 

Notes. 

Levi gives the whole of this chapter in his Dogme, 
pages 79-83, as a quotation — perhaps from this 
treatise. 

This Twentieth Tarot Trump shows, at first sight, 
a representation of the judgment day. An angel 
blowing a trumpet and carrying a banner is flying 
overhead. Below is seen a figure with his back 
toward the observer, rising from a tomb. On each 
side is an imposing human figure, one male and one 
female, who also seem to be rising from the earth. 
L6vi gives as its meaning the generative force of the 
earth, vegetable life, and eternal life. 

Christian describes this card as a symbol of the 
resurrection. 



XXI 

THE UNWISE MAN—LE MAT 

Do not ally yourself either in affection or interest 
with any one who is not an earnest student of the 
higher life, unless you can completely dominate him, 
and even then be sure that you either recompense or 
chastise him according to his deserts ; for the profane 
person hears many truths, but understands none ; his 
ears are large but have no discretion. The profane 
passes his life in giddy risks, deluded with vain de- 
sires, listening to imaginary promptings, and with 
his eyes fixed on fancied sights. You may think he 
is pleased with your aims, but the truth is that he 
is absorbed by his own follies; the profane has no 
appreciation of the truth, and feels no real affection. 
The profane is imprudent and shameless ; he discloses 
things which should be kept concealed, and attracts 
to himself brute forces which may devour him. That 
which he most neglects is himself; he wears his 

vices as a blazon, but they are an ever-present burden 

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THE UNWISE MAN 79 

to him, yet he does not recognise that they are a con- 
stant source of weakness. Make it a definite rule of 
life always to avoid : — 

1. Such as are ever judging and condemning their 
parents, who despise their fathers and have no true 
affection for their mothers. 

2. All men who show no courage, and all women 
who have not modesty. 

3. Those who do not maintain their friendships. 

4. Those who ask for advice, and then do not 
take it. 

5. Those who are never in the wrong. 

6. Those who are always seeking the impossible, 
and who are obstinately unjust to others. 

7. Those who, when danger is present, seek only 
their own safety. 

All such persons are neither worthy of your con- 
fidence nor of your love. Fear contamination from 
them ; avoid them. Yet even as you yourself must 
also avoid the follies of life, be careful not to put 
yourself in an attitude of superiority to the con- 
ditions of existence merely from a false pride, and 
never stoop to debase yourself to the level of the 
brute creation ; rise above the common ways of life, 
and never become the slave of custom and con- 
ventionality. Treat the habits of ordinary life as 



8o THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

others treat the weaknesses of childhood. Amuse the 
crowd to prevent personal injury, but never address 
it except in parables and enigmas; such has been 
the mode of conduct of all the great Masters of 
Magic, and in such an attitude there is wisdom. 



Notes. 

We are now met by an unexpected difficulty, for 
Levi has written this chapter No. 21, following 
No. 20, the Judgment, without any notification that 
the card referred to is not that numbered 21, which 
is the Universe, but the sole unnumbered Trump of 
the set. Of other authors, some have numbered the 
Universe Moon or Fool as o or as the 22nd. The 
fact remains that in all packs the Universe is 
numbered 21, and it will in this tract be considered 
after the next chapter, which clearly refers to it. 

In this chapter, where an author refers so much 
to the profane, the Trump Le Fou is clearly indi- 
cated. It represents a wayfarer walking along a 
road and carrying a burden slung over his shoulder ; 
he has a staff in his right hand. Behind, he is 
attacked by a tiger which has already fastened on 
his clothing, while his face shows that he is as yet 
ignorant of its attack. In his Rituel^ Levi assigns 



THE UNWISE MAN 8i 

to this trump the somewhat incongruous meanings 
of the sensitive, the flesh, and eternal life. 

Christian gives another description of this card. 
Instead of the design described above, he says that 
the 2oth trump should represent a blind man carry- 
ing a wallet and coming into contact with a broken 
obelisk, upon which is couched a crocodile with 
gaping jaws; the meaning assigned by him is the 
inevitable punishment of sin. This blind man, he 
says, is the symbol of humanity, which is the blind 
slave of matter. He numbers this card o, but places 
it between numbers 20 and 21. 



XXII 

THE UNIVERSE— LE MONDE 

Do you now understand the Enigma of the Sphynx ? 

Do you know the thought which exists in its 
human head ? the love which pervades its woman's 
bosom ? the labour denoted by the loins of the bull ? 
the struggle which the lion's claws can wage? the 
beliefs and the poesy of its eagle's wings ? Yes, you 
know that the Sphynx refers to Man. 

But do you know that the Sphynx is one and 

alone, and remains unchanged, while as to man, — is 

not each one a Sphynx of a different synthesis ? In 

some there is the head of a Lion, such as is drawn 

on talismans of Fire; these are descendants of the 

Salamanders. Others have the head of a Bull, or 

of an Eagle or Ibis. Each of these has its divine 

counterpart, and this it is which the wise men of 

Egypt depicted in those hieroglyphic figures which 

the profane scholars of our time find so ridiculous 

and misleading. 

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THE UNIVERSE 83 

May they be forgiven from the recesses of the 
Tomb of the divine Hermes. 

It is by reason of this diversity of divine inspira- 
tion, and its. influence over the human will, that the 
wise have formed such diversified pantacles and talis- 
mans. All initiates have had faith in the efficacy of 
symbols and emblems. How else could the Word be 
expressed without letters and characters, and why 
should not letters and characters express the power 
of the Word they represent. 

Write the words " I love " upon a golden jewel and 
wear it upon the breast ; then every time you feel its 
touch, will not the idea of your love arise in the 
mind ? and I tell you that this jewel, magnetised by 
your will and your faith, will deflect from you and 
will extinguish all the attacks directed against you. 
If you pass through the heat of fire, this will be as a 
breeze of fresh air to you. If you are in danger of 
drowning, this will bear you up amid the waters. 
Never then condemn the use of amulets, pantacles, 
talismans, and phylacteries. Unfortunate is the man 
who is not impressed by the appearance of any image, 
and who does not bow his head before any symbol. 

But each wise man should have his phylactery or 
talisman, as every Master has his clavicule. Such 
are the talismans of Hermes ; there are others of 



84 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Solomon, of Rabbi Chael, and of Thetel; there are 
other signs used by Paracelsus, by Agrippa, and 
Albertus Magnus. 

The symbols of Abraham the Jew gave rise to the 
emblematic designs of Nicholas Flamel, which again 
differ from those of Basil Valentine and Bernard of 
Treves. 

All embody the same ideas, but according to the 
special form of consecration speak another idiom of 
the language of the hieroglyphics. 

If you become initiated you will at length make 
and vary your own talismans and pantacles; you 
will choose the proper hours, select your perfumes 
and compose your own invocations, upon the models 
you may find among the various clavicules of 
Solomon. Ponder carefully over this axiom: "The 
man who addresses to a Power unknown to him 
words which he does not fully comprehend, makes 
a tenebrous prayer to the spirit of darkness; in 
other words, he invokes the devil. All that happens 
in the world, that is devoid of justice and right, has 
the devil for its author. Bemember also that he who 
consults the oracles abdicates in some part his liberty 
and makes an appeal to fateful forces. 

The true sage directs or corrects the oracle but he 
never consults it. Saul was already conquered and 



THE UNIVERSE 85 

lost when he consulted the Witch of Endor. In the 
difficulties of life consult in preference the Sphynx. 

Is it a decision that is needed, ask it from the 
human head. 

Is it affection that you desire, ask it of the woman's 
breast. 

Is it help and protection that you need, ask the 
Lion's claws to afford it. 

Are you poor and ignorant, invoke the power of 
the Bull, and work yourself. 

Do the struggles of life weary you, take the 
Eagle's wings and raise yourself on high above the 
earth. 

The Sphynx only devours those who fail to com- 
prehend her ; she will obey any one who has learned 
the answer to her riddle. 

All the forces of Nature correspond to human forces, 
and are dependent on the will in its sphere of action : 
constant use of will power extends' the sphere of its 
action. 

Man (and by man I do not intend either fools or 
profane persons) — man is worth whatever he believes 
himself to be worth ; he can do whatever he believes 
himself capable of doing ; he does whatever he really 
desires to do; he may at length become all that he 
wills to be. 



86 • THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

He, who was not mad, and yet could say, " I am 
the only Son of God," was the only Son of God. 
Examples of the past may be re-acted at any time : 
the types are still existent, and can be brought again 
into action. 

Would you become a Moses, or an Elias ? 

Would you re-live the career of Paracelsus or of 
Eaymond Lulli ? Then learn all that they knew, put 
your faith in the doctrines they believed, do the acts 
they did ; while awaiting the result, be sober in body, 
calm in mind, work and pray. 



THE KABALISTIO PRAYER 

Be favourable to me, oh ye Powers of the Kingdom 
Divine. 

May Glory and Eternity be in my left and right 
hands, so that I may attain to Victory. 

May Pity and Justice restore my soul to its 
original purity. 

May Understanding and Wisdom Divine conduct 
me to the imperishable Crown. 

Spirit of Malkuth, Thou who hast laboured and 
hast overcome ; set me in the Path of Good. 

Lead me to the two pillars of the Temple, to Jakin 
and Boaz, that I may rest upon them. 

Angels of Netzach and of Hod, make ye my feet to 
stand firmly on Yesod. 

Angel of Gedulah, console me. Angel of Geburah, 
strike, if it must be so, but make me stronger, so that 
I may become worthy of the influence of Tiphereth. 

Oh Angel of Binah, give me Light. 

Oh Angel of Chokmah, give me Love. 

Oh Angel of Kether, confer upon me Faith and 

Hope. 

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88 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Spirits of the Yetziratic World, withdraw me from 
the darkness of Assiah. 

Oh luminous triangle of the World of Briah, cause 
me to see and understand the mysteries of Yetzirah 
and of Atziluth. 

Oh Holy Letter t^, Shin. 

Oh ye Ishim, assist me by the name Shadai. 

Oh ye Kerubim, give me strength through Adonai. 

Oh Beni Elohim, be brothers unto me in the name 
of Tzabaoth. 

Oh Elohim, fight for me by the Holy Tetragram- 
maton. 

Oh Melakim, protect me through Jehovah. 

Oh Seraphim, give me holy love in the name Eloah. 

Oh Chashmalim, enlighten me by the torches of 
Eloi and the Shekinah. 

Oh Aralim, angels of power, sustain me by Adonai. 

Oh Ophanim, Ophanim, Ophanim, forget me not, 
and cast me not out of the Sanctuary. 

Oh Chaioth ha Kadosh, cry aloud as an eagle, 
speak as a man, roar and bellow. 

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Shadai. 

Adonai, Jehovah, Ehyeh asher Ehyeh. 

Hallelu-Jah. Hallelu-Jah. 

Hallelu-Jah. ' 

Amen. Amen. Amen. 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER 89 

This prayer should be made use of every morning 
and evening, and it should be recited as a pre- 
liminary to all grand magical and Kabalistic cere- 
monials ; it should be recited when facing the orient 
with the eyes raised to the heavens, or fixed on the 
Kabalistic emblem of the sublime Tetragrammaton, 
which you will find drawn for your instruction on an 
accompanying page. 

So soon as you apply both body and soul to the 
Higher Magic you will have to defend yourself against 
all the blind forces of the world and of Hades. 
Earth will send the Bacchantes of Orpheus and the 
temptresses who assailed Samson and Solomon, even 
the stones will rise up and hurl themselves at you ; 
Hades will send its Larvae and Phantoms to attack 
you. As a defence you will possess the Divine Word, 
the aura, the magical sword, the magnetic wand, the 
consecrated water, and the sacred fire, but above all 
the vigilant power of your invocation. 

If you are Royal you may rely upon revolts and 
counterplots to force the spiritual powers to obey 
you. Perform the conjuration of the Four by means 
of the Pantacle of Ezekiel, and proceed by the Sep- 
tenary and the Triadic method, and by the Pantacle 
of the Hexagram of Solomon, which latter is the 
Symbol of the Macrocosm. 



90 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

For the conjuration of the Tetrad, the Four, you 
bring into action the powers of the four elements duly 
consecrated, and you must trace in the air and upon 
the earth the pentagrams of fire and of water ; then 
make four expirations of the breath, and recite — 
making the cross — Nicksa, Ghob, Paralda, Djin. 

Fluat udor per Sjpiritum Elohim. 

Let the waters flow on, through the spiritual energy 
from Elohim, or ye Undines must roll back through 
the influence of this consecrated water. 

Maneat terra per Adam. 

Let the earth remain solid through Adam. Work, 
ye Gnomes, as I will, or return to the earth in which 
I can imprison you by this Pantacle. 

Fiat firmamentum per Elohim, 

The firmament must persist through the Elohim. 
Submit, ye Sylphs, or pass away by the current of my 
breathing. 

Fiat judicium per ignem. 

Let the decree be carried out by the Fire. Ye 
Salamanders, be calm, or be coerced by the sacred 
fire. 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER 91 

You may formulate the Undine as an angelic form 
with the eyes of death ; the Gnome as a winged bull, 
the Sylph as an eagle chained, and the Salamander 
as a gliding serpent. 

Latin Invocation. 

caput mortuum impero tibi per vivium Serpentem 

Kerub impero tibi per Adam 

Aquila impero tibi per alas Tauri. 

Serpens impero tibi per Angelum et Leonem. 

The Conjuration of the Heptad — the Seven, is 
made with the Magical Wand and fumigations by 
means of the Seven Planetary Spirits. 

Planetary Conjuration. 

In the name of Michael, whom Jehovah decrees to 
command Satan ! 

In the name of Gabriel, whom Adonai decrees to 
command Beelzebub ! 

In the name of Raphael obey Elohim, thou Sacha- 
biel. 

By Samael Tzabaoth, and by the name of Elohim 
Gibur, lay down thy weapons, thou Adramelek. 

By Zachariel and Sachiel Melek, submit to the 
power of Eloah, thou Samgabiel. 



92 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

In the divine and human name of Shadai, and by 
the power of Anael, of Adam and of Chavah, thou 
Lilith retire, leave us in peace, thou ISTahemah. 

By the holy Elohim, and by the power of Orifiel, 
in the names of the spirits Cassiel, Schaltiel, Aphiel, 
and Zarahiel, turn back, thou Moloch, there are no 
children here for thee to devour. 



You must then trace in the air and upon the earth, 
with the Magical Wand, the famous and powerful 
Hexagram, the Seal of Solomon. 



The Conjuration of the Three is performed with 
the Tetragrammaton, pronouncing three times in a 
deep sonorous voice the Three letters of the Great 
Name, tracing in the air and upon the earth the 
signs of the four radii of the Wheel of EzekieFs 
Vision, with the words Yod, Heh, Vau, Heh, and 
then make the sign of the Cross. 



You should well understand that the names Satan, 
Beelzebub, and others like them, do not mean spiritual 
personalities, but rather legions of impure spirits. 

My name is Legion, said the Spirit of darkness, 
because we are numberless ; in hell, the kingdom of 
anarchy, it is number which makes law, and progress 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER 93 

is inverse ; for there the most degraded are the least 
intelligent and most weak. Thus the law of fatality 
compels the demons to descend when they believe 
and wish to rise; and so those whom I call the 
Chiefs are the most powerless and the most con- 
temptible of them all. 

Those evil spirits which form the crowd, tremble 
before a Chief who is unknown, implacable, and deaf, 
never speaking, and whose arm is always raised to 
strike. To this phantom are given the names of 
Lucifer, Adramelek, and Belial; but this phantom 
is but the shadow of God disfigured by their per- 
versity, and remains among them to torment and 
terrify them for ever. 

Be guarded in the words you speak. Speak not of 
God, unless you are illuminated. All the images 
which you create, whether of God or of other ideals, 
remain imprinted on that luminous medium — the 
Astral Light of the soul, and of the world; and 
there is that Book of the Conscience which shall be 
opened and its records revealed in the Last Day. 

Know that the Human Brain, although it receives, 
does not make any visible record of impressions; 
otherwise they would be engraved upon the grey 
matter of the Brain and anatomists would see them 
there. 



94 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

The nerve substance does but perceive and collect, 
by reason of this essence (the Astral Light), the 
living and ineffaceable pictures of the spiritual 
atmosphere which you evoke. You may even by 
sympathy, present or past, with the desires, evoke 
the impressions of other persons ; and thus it is that 
you can communicate with those who are dead and 
even perceive the bodily form they have thrown 
aside, and which they must retake when the grand 
Consummation arrives and the world is transfigured. 

To such as ask you where Paradise and Hell are 
situated, you should answer : Paradise exists where- 
ever you speak the truth, and do the right ; Hell is 
present wherever you speak that which is false, or do 
that which is evil. 

Paradise and Hell are not localities, they are states, 
and the contrasted states will remain to eternity; 
even as good must ever remain in opposition to evil ; 
as the essential of a personality is opposed to that of 
Intelligent Existence, which is Liberty. 

The plastic universal medium, the unsubstantial 
substance, which is light, motion, and life, this 
androgyne magnetic force, receives, preserves, and 
communicates all the forms and images which are the 
impressions of the Word : this it is which gives form 
and colour to plants ; it is this which stamps upon 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER 95 

the fruit of a mother's womb the impress of her 
thoughts and desires. 

It is this which produces apparitions and the 
sensible visions of exaltation and ecstasy when 
Superior Spiritual Powers communicate to us by 
the correspondences of the Word, or when Inferior 
spirits seek to mount to our plane by sympathy with 
our grosser passions. 

There is no real isolation in this world, there is no 
point of form and no variety of thought which has 
not its correspondence, item by item, through analogy, 
with that which is above, as well as that which is 
below, in the infinite and finite worlds. This is the 
true ideal of the mystical Ladder of Jacob whose 
rungs are bound together by the two Pillars of Light, 
and which provide for the unbroken circulation of 
Intelligence and Love through the vast areas of the 
Universe. 

Nothing entirely new happens under the Sun ; 
causes lead to new causes and effects precede these. 
Prophetic intuitions are but the result of a con- 
sideration of the analogies between the past and the 
future, read in that luminous volume composed of 
such mobile yet incorruptible characters as are the 
waves of the sea. 

Hence it follows, that to divine — is to see. 



96 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

Each man bears his earthly future in his natural 
character, and he has his character imprinted on 
his face and in his hands, in his natural movements, 
in his glances and his voice. 

Each personal will has at its disposal three modes 
of force — moral power, instinctive power, and physical 
energy. Moral power is that solidarity which exists 
between all truly spiritual souls ; instinctive power is 
the solidarity given by the sympathies and antipathies 
existing in the magnetic aura ; while physical energy 
is the solidarity subsisting between the impulses and 
resistances of material substances. To each of these 
forces there is a corresponding form of life. 

The middle or Instinctive force acts upon us with- 
out our active participation when our Moral force is 
in abeyance, and when one desires to give it free play 
one must slumber, or at least sleep more or less. 

There is a voluntary slumber, as there is an in- 
voluntary or physiological sleep. Voluntary slumber 
is somewhat lucid, because it does not absolutely 
break away from reminiscence. 



Prophecy and Thaumaturgy are Natural faculties. 
The E-e-animation of the Dead in the case of 
certain men and under certain circumstances is not 



THE KA BALI STIC PRAYER 97 

a thing naturally impossible. At the moment of 
death the soul finds itself free from, yet near, the 
earthy tenement it has just left, and if the really 
vital organs have not been destroyed, it can be 
recalled by one whose will has tremendous force. 
Death is only absolute when the vital organs have 
lost their integrity. 

Examples of re-animation are not infrequent, but 
when they occur the occurrence of death is denied, 
and the facts observed are explained by saying that 
the person was only in a trance or lethargy. 

To deny that death has occurred in these cases may 
be permissible, but public opinion should have the 
courage of its convictions and should always deny it. 

thou who art now wise, thou hast been an infant ; 
what has become of that infant 1 it has passed away, 
but you still live. 

You have been a youth, he has passed away, but 
you are stillwith us. You were once a young man; 
what has become of that young man ? you still live. 
You are now a man of full years, or perhaps even an 
old man ; what will become of you, old man ? You 
will die, but you will exist for ever. Is it the corpse 
which impresses you with terror ? Yet each of your 
stages of development has left its corpse, only you do 
not happen to have seen .it. Only believe then that 



98 THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

your last corpse will not be appreciable by you, and 
so you may rest in a peaceful immortality. 

You have but to undergo one more transformation 
before you remount to that source of life from which 
you once sprang. 

Transformation results from eternal motion, which 
is the essential law of vitality; check this and en- 
force a stability at any stage of evolution, and you 
create a real death. 



Behold thyself then, by natural law, immortal. 
Would you then be for ever the slave of secondary 
causes, or will you become their controller ? 

Will you submit to them, or will you choose the 
high alternative of directing them ? 

If you will become a Master, set free your spirit 
by relying on the Hermetic Stone, and exercise your 
Will Power through the Word transmuted into 
action. Join to an Intelligence, really set free, an 
all-powerful Will, and you will find yourself Master 
of the powers of the Elements. L. P. D. 

Liberty, Power, Despotism. Power is the correct 
equilibrium between Despotism and Liberty. This 
is the solution of the Enigma of three letters which 
Cagliostro the Initiate formulated to represent the 
Kabalah of political and social stability. 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER 99 

Liberty is Chokmali. 

Despotism is Binah. 

Power beneficent is Kether. 

Liberty is Gedulah. 

Despotism is Geburah. 

Power beneficent is Tiphereth. 

Liberty is Netzach. 

Despotism is Hod. 

Power beneficent is in Yesod. 

In the essence of the First Cause, Liberty has 
Necessity as a counterpoise ; this Necessity is the 
despotism of Supreme Reason, and resulting from 
this equilbrium is a Wise and Absolute Power. 

If you seek to be absolute, be first wise; and if 
you are wise, be then absolute. To be a Master you 
must be free ; to be free you must have attained the 
mastery of yourself. 

Liberty is Jakin. 

Despotism is Boaz. 

Power is represented by the Temple Gate which 
was between them. 

Four phrases constitute and include all that is 
required for the possession of High Magical Power. 

To know. 

To dare. 

To will. 



loo THE MAGICAL RITUAL 

To keep silence. 

Knowledge is represented by the Human head of 
the Sphynx. 

Courage, by its Eagle's wings. 

Will, by the Lion's claws, and the loins of the 
Bull. 

Secrecy, by its stony silence and by the hidden 
answer to its enigma. 

When the pupil has grasped the meaning of, and 
can carry into practice, these four requirements, he 
may then receive permission to Love. 



Every force corresponds to all forces, and may 
become all powerful in the hands of one who knows 
how to direct and use it. 

Each form of weakness has a similarity to all weak- 
nesses, and may become a slave to one who is strong 
and knows how to avail himself of it. Through the 
knowledge of this secret, the Magus commands the 
forces alike of heaven and hell, and they can but be 
submissive to his Will. 

Realise clearly that an intelligence which is Free 
is of necessity both just and wise. Kero and Caligula 
were possessed of despotic will, but their intelligence 
was not free ; intoxicated with absolute power, they 
were attacked by vertigo. Absolute will power un- 



THE KABALISTIC PRAYER loi 

guided by a right Reason is the quintessence of the 
Devil ; and here is the explanation of the secrets of 
Black Magic, which lead to madness of mind and 
poisoning of body. Hence the sorcerer is said to 
give himself to the Devil, and in the end the Devil 
will wring his neck. 



You will now need to learn the last secret of 
magical force and the final grade of human will 
power. 

It is Resistance to the Universal Attraction ; this 
is the conquest of nature, it is the Royal Authority 
of Soul over Body — it is Continence. To have the 
power and opportunity to do what gives pleasure, yet 
to abstain because one wills it ; this shows the Royal 
power of Soul over body. 

Happy is the man who can be so placed, and yet so 
act : thus it is that the most sublime use of liberty is 
absolute obedience. Without obedience no society can 
continue to exist. This is why the Magi worshipped 
the Christ in the stable at Bethlehem. Christ, that 
son of God, greatest of initiates, and the last initiator. 

But Christ had, as all great teachers have had, one 
teaching for the people and also an esoteric doctrine. 
To John, the beloved disciple, he confided the deepest 
mysteries of the Holy Kabalah ; and John in after 



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years revealed or revelled them in his Apocalypse, 
which is indeed a synthesis of all earlier magical, 
prophetic, and Kabalistic works. 

The Apocalypse requires as its key or Clavicula the 
Wheel of Ezekiel, which is itself explained by the 
hieroglyphs of the Tarot. 

Notes. 

This final card, numbered 21 in the actual Tarot 
Trumps, and called Le Monde, represents an angelic 
or human figure floating in the air, almost nude, and 
holding a short wand in each hand. The figure is 
more female than male. Around her is an oval 
garland of leaves, and outside of this, at the four 
corners, are placed the Kerubic emblems of a man, 
lion, eagle, and bull. This figure, says L6vi, is Truth, 
and the mystical meaning is the Microcosm, or the 
resume of all in all. 

Christian draws the garland circular, and as formed 
of roses ; the Kerubim are placed at the four cardinal 
points, and not at the angles of the design ; he says 
its meaning is the Eternal Reward of a life well 
spent. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR 

The very curious manuscript volume, from which 
the preceding pages have been translated, concludes 
with a passage which appears to retract the whole of 
the foregoing instruction. It is a very notable illus- 
tration of the second mind of its author. Mr. Waite, 
who published an English translation of much that 
Levi has written, has in his Preface called especial 
attention to the evidence that L6vi was drawn in a 
most mysterious fashion in two different directions 
by opposing forces. From his early training he 
tended to be a devout Catholic; from his Hebrew 
studies he became a Kabalist and a Magician. So 
even in this short occult treatise we find him, after 
carefully giving magical instruction through twenty - 
two chapters, making at its end a solemn recanta- 
tion, and pointing out that the duty of a Christian 
is to the Church of Christ, which is the best and 
highest aim to which a man can attain. 



THE CONCLUSION 
By £LIPHAZ Lfiyi 

One last word remains to be said. When the 
Temple is rebuilt, there will be no more sacrifice upon 
its High places. Centuries have passed since Hermes 
and Zoroaster lived and taught. A voice greater 
than that of the Soul of the World has imposed 
silence upon the Oracles. 

The Word has been made Flesh ; a new symbol of 
salvation by holy water has replaced the magical 
ceremonies of the day of Luna. The sacrifices to 
Samael on the day of Mars are surpassed by the 
heroic severities of penitence. 

The sign of the Gift of Tongues and the Christian 
code have replaced the sacrifices to Mercury. 

The day once sacred to Jupiter is now devoted to 
the sign of the Kingdom of God in man by the 
transubstantiation of love under the forms of bread 
and wine. 

Anael has vanquished Venus : Lilith and Nahemah 

are consigned to Hades, and the sacred rite of 

marriage gives divine approval to the alliances of 

men and women. 

104 



THE CONCLUSION 105 

Lastly, extreme unction, which prepares a man for 
a death of peace, has replaced the sad offerings of 
Saturn; and the priesthood of light gives forth 
illumination on the day sacred to the Sun. 

Glory be to the Christ, who has brought to their 
completion the symbols of the Ancient Mysteries, and 
who has prepared the reign of knowledge by faith. 
Will you now be greater than all Magi ? Hide away 
your science in the recesses of your mind. Become a 
Christian, simple and docile ; be a faithful servant of 
the Church, believe, mortify yourself, and obey. 



OCCULT AND EELIGIOUS MAXIMS 

From the MSS. of SLIPHAZ L£YI 

Every idle word is a fault. 

Show your learning by your actions. 

The Word is Life, and the First Principle of Life. 

The quality of a life is shown by its actions. 

An idle word is either without meaning or is of the 
nature of a lie. 

An idle word in religious matters is a sin. 

He who is content with idle words is as if he were 
dead. 

He who does not make his worship manifest has 
no religion. 

Better is superstition than impiety. 

God judges actions rather than vain thoughts. 

He who is religious will do works which accord 
with the Word of his religion ; he who has no reli- 
gion and believes not in any word, yet he also must 
be judged by his actions, for to every man shall it 
be according to his works. 

True religion is that which showeth a form of 

worship which is pure and living ; the perfection of 

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OCCULT AND RELIGIOUS MAXIMS 107 

worship, however, lieth in self-sacrifice, which is com- 
plete and enduring. 

The beauty of self-sacrifice is taught in the Church 
of Christ, Catholic and Roman; and it is an article 
of faith, that any one who denies himself and takes 
up this cross, and follows the Mediator to the Altar, 
assumes at once the offices both of Priest and 
Victim. 

No man ever saw God at any time. 

Before the dawn of the Microcosm, Azoth was the 
Flying Eagle and the Royal Lion; it was the Mastodon 
of the Earth and the Leviathan of the Sea. When 
the human-headed Sphynx appeared — Azoth became 
Man among men, and Spirits among Elementals. 
Every substance can and should become Azoth by 
adaptation. 

In Azoth is the Principle of the Light, which is 
the Quintessence of Splendour and Gold. This is 
the grand Secret of universal Transmutation. 



No man has ever seen the Light ; but we see by 
reason of it those objects which reflect the light. 

There is nothing occult which shall not be known : 
there is nothing concealed which shall not be 
revealed. 



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The Kingdom of God is within us. 

Initiation passes from East to West. 
Intelligence passes from South to North. 
Power passes from North to South. 

The Word is the garment of the Truth. 

God wields not absolute, but regulated power. 

To tell the Truth to those who cannot understand 
it, is to lie to them. To unveil the Truth to such 
persons is to profane it. 



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